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“Afro is great! ” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Afro Whale Shark Safari

Afro Whale Shark Safari
Kilindoni | Pwani, Mafia Island, Tanzania
+ 255 (0) 6 53 96 25 24
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Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
2 reviews
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“Afro is great! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We went out with Afro in late September, at the very beginning of whale shark season. He found us 5 and we swam with 3.

We got so close that we could have touched one that was almost 30 feet long!

We also got a great look at a humpback whale and calf, as well as a long-distance view of dolphins.

To top it all off, he had a traditional, wood boat that was stable and awesome!

Afterwards, we walked from the launching beach through Kilindoni to lunch at a good local bar.

The experience was great. Afro is a nice young guy who used to be a fisherman and is trying to make it in the tourist business.

Highly recommended for those who want to get away from the prepackaged feel of the Western resorts.

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Bangkok, Thailand
19 reviews 19 reviews
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“Attentive and affordable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Thank you to Afro and Kasuku and the two young skippers.
You really made our mafia trip incredible.

It was not the best weather, so Butiama cancelled our trip , because they said there wouldn't be any whale sharks. Our hotel,Abdul- meremeta lodge! ) said he could find us a boat to take us out. I'm so happy we could support a small business would were eager to look after us.

We looked for the whale sharks for around 2 hours and finally a fisherman pointed to group of shadows and fins in the distance. It was the most exhilarating experience of our trip to mafia, despite having great dives in Chole bay and staying at incredible Meremeta lodge.

There was only 2 of us on the boat and they charged us $40/person. Our hotel manager joined us and took photos from the boat. It was incredible and fun. I didn't know that I could swim so fast and keep up with hungry giants.

Thank you again Afro and crew,

Visited October 2013
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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“Great guide Afro”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed in Mafia Island for 3 full days and we were impressed. We did whale shark safari with the best guide for it, Afro. We were looking for the whale sharks 2-3 hours and then Afro found them. We saw 4 of them, it was amazing!! We decided to go for the trip once again, but we were unhappy, it was end of February - end of the whale shark season. He charge us only 35 dolars per person, it was definitely great deal. Afro took care of us all the time, we stayed in Wapi Wapi beach camp and he prepared the dinner for us, too. He is a great guide and become real friend of us.

Visited February 2013
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Moab, Utah
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A very fun trip, amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Snorkeling with Whale Sharks is an amazing experience, and Afro is a great guide. As a guide myself I have seen many good and bad guides, and Afro is good at finding the sharks, educating his clients about the sharks, and great at talking about the Island and its culture as well. He doesn't repeat the same script to all of his trips, you can tell it's personalized and his price is one of the best on the island too!

Visited January 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A passionate, earnest and knowledgeable guy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Go with Afro, you will be glad you did. We went with him on three whale shark safaris during our visit to Mafia around 18-22 Dec 2012. The first time, we did not see anything; the second time, we finally saw two whale sharks after about two hours of searching; and the third time, we saw whale sharks within half an hour and spent two or three glorious hours swimming with them.

He is very passionate about helping his clients find whale sharks, so much so that after our first, unsuccessful expedition, he seemed the most despondent among all the people on the boat at having failed to see whale sharks. On Friday night, we met him at this restaurant in Kilindoni that becomes a bar/disco on Friday and Saturday nights, and instead of indulging in revelry deep into the early hours of the morning, he left by 11pm or so in order to plan for the following day's whale shark safari, which shows how seriously he takes his job. He puts his clients' interests over his own: he actually did not want to take us out on our second whale shark safari because the water was rather choppy; in other words, he would rather not take our money if he thought we were unlikely to see whale sharks (although, as it turned out, it was a good thing we persuaded him to take us out; he somehow managed to spot the whale sharks despite the choppy water, yet refused to take any credit for that, constantly reiterating that we should take the credit for having persuaded him to take us out).

In short, we would wholeheartedly recommend Afro for his whale shark safaris, and we would add, for good measure, that we were very glad to have made the acquaintance of such a sincere and genuine person.

Visited December 2012
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