I have reviewed Chole Mjini before and have just been back for the third time, in a third tree house (no. 5 this time). As it is now managed by Afrika Afrika (though still owned by Anne & Jean de Villiers, who are often on the island). I thought it would be useful to review it again.
In a nutshell the management change had made little difference and there is little to add to my previous review, or what many others have said. It remains a magical, wonderful place with excellent service and food. If anything the menu seemed to me to be a little more varied, and there are now solar torches in the treee houses.
I should add that you may not think me completely independent, as this time I was visiting as Chairman of the Chole Mjini Trust Fund, which supports the wonderful development effort on the island.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Chole Mjini Hotel Mafia Island