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Chole Mjini Lodge

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went alone for a self-organized retreat and it was more than what I expected. Natural beauty was there, the chance to interact with people was there, good fresh food was there, historical and cultural experiences were there, clean well kept facilities and grounds were there, turtle hatching was there, and most importantly lovely hosts and staff was there. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely 5*'s all around. Incredible location - such a unique experience that can not be found anywhere else. You live in sync with nature, in luxury surroundings. The tree houses are built within the beautiful, ancient African baobab trees and the garden suite is nicer than any suite in any 5* hotel! The song of red eyed doves that wake... More 

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Turnhout, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

We spent several days in this very nice small-scale lodge and slept in a luxurious tree-house. The location is really great: a small island that can only be reached via Maffia island (a complimentary 15 boat trip in a boat made by locals). The lodge is putting a lot of people from the islands only village to work and the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

One reaches Chole Mjini by a 10 minute dhow trip from the island of Mafia, arriving at the Red Herring Bar (with wifi), the only place in Mafia to see the sunset with a drink in hand. The 10 minute walk to the reception area takes you through the old colonial (Arab and German) ruins around which this very eco... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

We had already been looking forward to our stay before we came but the time spent in Chole overcame our expectations. Please do yourself a favor and book your holiday here. What we liked: 1. The place and its atmosphere Chole Mjini is a wonderful spot which is completely relaxed and "vacation mood" screaming. There is nothing else but you... More 

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Anne d, Owner at Chole Mjini Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write this review. It was a delight to meet you both and we have fond memories of your visit to Chole. I wish I could post a picture of our shower located in the garden of each tree house, so that others too can imagine being naked with the birds, under the trees, or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

If you want to get away from it all, literally, this is the place. No wifi unless you take the short walk to the Red Herring bar by the shore. Every meal prepared by local staff. My wife celebrated her 65th there with a candle light dinner. Actually, every dinner is by candle light as there is no direct electricity.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

We came to Chole following a week of an amazing safari. We had a group of 8 divers and we were ready for some time in the water and on the island. My friend and I were in Treehouse 2. Overall, it was a wonderful week, with Geoff and Andrea as our guest hosts. They did an incredible job accommodating... More 

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TanzaniandeVil, Owner at Chole Mjini Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our lodge. I'm just sorry I had to leave to join Anne in Cape Town just after you arrived and so missed what sounds like a lot of fun. It's very gratifying to hear that are staff continued to do an excellent job even in our absence. When we are finally redundant... More 

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

Chole Mjini was everything we’d been led to expect and more. The tree-houses built around the majestic baobabs; the breeze as you stargaze from your elevated bed; the open air showers complete with hermit crabs; the fresh and inventive meals - taken en famille with other guests and the owners, Anne and Jean, or à deux in various secluded spots... More 

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Nyon, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

We spent our 7 night honeymoon here based on a friend's recommendation and it was even better than we had hoped for. Our room was absolutely stunning - we were in 'Moja' and the tree-house is literally built right around a baobab. We had fantastic dives or mind-blowing snorkeling with whale sharks every day. This is what high quality responsible... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

We had a wonderfully relaxing time at Chole Mjini Lodge. Highlights included sleeping in a treehouse in an ancient baobab tree, friendly and helpful staff, warm and welcoming management, and utter peace. My teenage daughter and her friend spent all their time exploring the enchanting and safe surroundings, and it was great not to have to worry about them/give them... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Ever aspired to live like the Swiss Family Robinson, delve into The Jungle Book or do you hold a secret desire to be Indiana Jones ......Chole Mjini is a unique eco-lodge in an stunning destination offering secluded tree house accommodation and a complete retreat from the pace of modern life...Live with less, experience more...With no electricity or running water, no radio or TV, no cars or sirens, just the purity of the natural ebb and flow of African island living. For true adventurers who are looking for a tropical island holiday with barefoot luxury - this is the perfect chance to escape. Wake up to bird calls and the haunting call to prayer and as dawn floods your tree house and the light breeze billows your mosquito net enjoy your morning cup of tea or coffee, which was winched up to your tree house in a basket. During the day take advantage of one of the largest variety of exciting excursions; from snorkeling, dhow sailing, SCUBA diving, fishing, whale sharks, whales and turtle hatchings to sandbar trips, exploring ruins, walks in the forest and sunset cruises. Or simply take the opportunity to relax, read a book and watch the world go by from your swinging hammock under the shade of a frangipani tree. And, after experiencing our ingenious private outdoor showers, unwind with one of our island cocktails while watching the nightly migration of the native fruit bats. Lit by hurricane lamps and a canopy of stars enjoy either a convivial communal dinner with your fellow guests or a romantic dinner in various authentic locations around the Lodge. Go to sleep with the sounds of the ocean set against the still of the African night and the thoughts of the lazy day to follow. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Chole Mjini Lodge

Address: Chole island | P.O Box 20, Mafia Island 0637, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
Price Range: $362 - $465 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Chole Mjini Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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