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Shamba Kilole Eco Lodge
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Mafia Island
Reviewed April 7, 2013

My experience in Mafia, travelling all by myself was very rewarding and this was because of the welcoming atmosphere that you find in Shamba Kilole. The place is just great, starting with the bungalows which are clean and very nicely decorated. The food is just delicious and the staff is very friendly and attentive. If you are going for a dive or for snorkelling this is the place. If you plan to see turtles and whales, I would suggest to contact the owners (Marco and Francesca) to get from there information when it is the best time to go.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

we flew over from dar with our 13-month old daughter in the standard 13-seater aircraft. Francesco and Marco are complementary hosts, each with their own specialities. Marco handles the diving and snorkeling (at very reasonable prices) and it was one of the best dives of my life. the coral is fantastic, and the dhow takes you to the best places off the coast. Francesco prepares the menu, which are highly creative and original, using local ingredients. literally every dish is a treat. And every meal has several courses. The staff is very attentive without being obsequious, and the tip policy is indicative of Francesco and Marco's philosophy: you are encouraged to leave a group tip, while extra tips for specific staff members are noted in a book that everyone can read. There's a nearby village that one can walk to very easily. the pool has no chlorine, but is cleaned with a type of salt solution so we were able to allow our daughter to put her head underwater for the first time. the sky is very beautiful at night, and the whole experience is very familial, but not in a cloying sense.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights.
It's a very nice lodge, quiet and peaceful, great to regenerate after a stressful period, in a wonderful location.
The staff is really experienced and professional, but at the same time welcoming and friendly.
The activities are really well organized and everything is perfect.
Food is excellent and there is a good selection even or vegetarians.
Thank you for the hospitality
I hope to come back soon

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Shamba Kilole is an amazing lodge to stay at when traveling around Africa. You can actually relax and enjoy the stay. They organize activities perfectly and professionally. The staff are all extremely friendly and accommodating. I will definitely recommend this lodge to anyone and would love to be back ASAP.

Thank you for a wonderful stay

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stayed for three nights at Shamba Kilole over New Year and had a wonderful time. The property itself is very stylish and thoughtfully conceived. Francesca has a great eye for detail; just perfect for a boutique/eco resort. There are only 6 bungalows so it feels very exclusive. The common areas are also well designed and it really pushes folks to be sociable - which was really nice. They have a pool and the resort faces the sea - but no beach as mangroves are the original inhabitants here. The food is lovely -and there is plenty. We had to cut down on the lunches - you will not starve and its all inclusive in the price. There are other nice touches like a free laundry service (very much appreciated after a safari). Francesca and Marco offer a set of day activities, like snorkelling, skuba diving, trips to sandbanks and Chole island...very nice to do. Thanks also to Francesca for helping when my partner developed a fever. We would definately recommend Shamba Kilole and the island of Mafia in general. It is less developed than Zanzibar and the village has a very real Africa feel to it. We liked to wander around the village and engage the local people; who are very welcoming.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We spent 8 days at Shamba Kilole at the end of 2012 and had an amazing time. Here are a couple of things to take into account:

-Excellent food with generous portions
-Excellent diving with great staff
-Excellent accomodations with great decor
-Extremely helpful and friendly owners (Marco + Francesca)
-Extremely helpful, polite and well trained staff
-Whale shark expedition is amazing, but make sure to go with Kitu Kiblu as they are the most responsible operators that have the well-being of the whale sharks as a core value.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

We stayed here just for one night but it was wonderful. The rooms are beautiful, possibly the best we have seen anywhere (we were in the cheaper room!), the food is excellent and it's set in lovely tropical grounds with a nice pool. The communal lounge and dining area is perhaps a little small (if being very fussy!) but the whole lodge gets the perfect balance of feeling like a luxury place whilst also looking like part of its natural surroundings. The owners Marco and Francesca are incredibly helpful and nice.

If you go to Mafia and this lodge is in your budget then it's highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kilole. Kiegani | Kilole, Kiegani, Mafia Island 0000, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Mafia Island
Price Range: $200 - $300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The relaxing lodge has 6 bungalows facing the sea all surrounded by trees and garden. Swimming pool, private jogging park, dive school, restaurant with conference room, wine cellar, terrace top. All rooms are in different style following Swahili tradition and history. Ideal for sea lovers, honeymooners, bird watchers. ... more   less 

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