Fodor's Expert Review Chole Mjini

Chole Island, Mafia Island, , Tanzania Fodor's Choice

Climbing up the winding steps rotating around the trunk of a baobab tree, the tree houses of Chole Mjini will fulfill anyone with an island castaway fantasy. The lodge is as unique as the people who visit it, with open-air tree houses set among the overgrown ruins of an ancient trading station and open-air showers built around local vegetation with a unique kerosene-heating method to get the shower going. Coffee arrives every morning on a pulley system in your own baobab tree house. Dinner service is rotated between the lodge and inside the ruins, which are decorated by the roots of strangler fig trees. Head to the Red Herring Bar to watch the sunset. For rooms with the best views, choose Sita, Tano, and Nne.

PROS

  • sleeping in a unique setting
  • dinner by candlelight in an ancient ruin
  • wonderful village atmosphere

CONS

  • no toilets in the tree house
  • you have to walk down stairs to get to the bathroom at night
  • no swimming beach
  • most activities are not included in the price
  • outhouse-style toilets
  • no toilets in the tree house, you have to walk down stairs to get to the bathroom at night
  • no swimming beach
  • most activities are not included in the price
  • outhouse-style toilets

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Views
Intimate
Near the beach
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 078-771–2427

HOTEL DETAILS

6 treehouses, 1 ground house
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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