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Kinasi Lodge,

Mafia Island
Kinasi Lodge

Kinasi Lodge: What we think

Kinasi Lodge is arguably Mafia’s best lodge.  Being a rather remote island which has never really developed into a tourism hub like Zanzibar has, Mafia lacks good quality, affordable accommodation.  There is Pole Pole, which is good value but lacks quality and a beach, and if you are more the adventurous type, then Chole Mjini is an option.  But Kinasi ticks all the boxes whilst at the same time has a good beach.  Mafia isn’t known for great beaches so when you come across a good one, enjoy it!

Kinasi gets 4 palms because of its great positioning on the island and in the market. There is nothing like it nearby.
Guide Price: $228 per person
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Kinasi Lodge: Interesting Facts

  • 14 rooms
  • Scuba Diving
  • Swimming Pool
  • Vast range of activities

Kinasi Lodge: In depth

Kinasi is located on an amazingly quiet beach overlooking Chole Bay, of Mafia Island.   Mafia Island is a 30 minute flight from Dar es Salaam and Kinasi is 20 minute drive from the airport.

Kinasi is lucky enough to be located on a steep hillside which allows for a cooling breeze to pass through the lodge and rooms.  This elevation also gives good height for scenic views of the ocean and Chole Bay.   There is quite a dominating bar that stands out in the main area, sofas, armchairs, a library and games zone with chess and cards.  There is even a snooker table!

The owners have an acquired attention to detail with a strong eye for comfort and artisan style throughout.  The sitting room and bar area is open-sided and with comfortable furnishing, complete with cushions, magazines and a reference library for all local interest.

The gardens are beautiful with various flower beds around the place and the swimming has been designed to with a poolside barbeque and bar.  A stay at Kinasi is based around their various fleet of boats, which include a 85 horse power game fishing and diving boat, a number of traditional lateen sailing dhows and a two smaller dive boats.  The beach at Kinasi is as good as it gets on the island and therefore quite enjoyable.  Days tend to be spent out exploring the pristine waters, islands and sandbanks.
Kinasi has an exquisite kitchen with great cooking. They prepare lavish meals and extravagant picnic lunches, with especially excellent seafood and homemade breads, yogurts and a variety of soups.

There are 14 rooms at Kinasi Lodge.  Of them, five are sea front and 7 are garden view but the rooms are all of a similar layout and design.  If you're after doing a load of diving on your Tanzania holiday then this is the place for you!

There are many activities like windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

Kinasi Lodge: Breaking news

22 Sep 2010
MAFIA ISLAND ASSOCIATION “Preserving and/or restoring the environment by utilizing natural resources, traditional systems and knowledge sustainably”. WHAT IS MIA ? Following a meeting in December 2004 MIA was born as the vehicle for implementing a community-based programme of actions to ...   Show me more >

Kinasi Lodge:      Mafia Island Marine Park – Global biodiversity hotspot
21 Sep 2010
At 822 km² the Mafia Island Marine Park (MIMP) is the largest marine protected area in the Indian Ocean. Encompassing the southern part of Mafia Island and an archipelago of several small islands and islets. The park is sandwiched between the Rufiji River Delta to the west and the open Indian ...   Show me more >

Kinasi Lodge:      Health Information for Travelers to Tanzania
20 Sep 2010
Preparing for Your Trip to Tanzania Before visiting Tanzania, you may need to get the following vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination: (Note: Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will ...   Show me more >

Kinasi Lodge:      Selous Game Reserve & Mafia Island Trip
16 Sep 2010
The Selous stretches for over 45,000km2 and is Africa’s largest game park. There is abundant game in the reserve with Africa’s largest buffalo and lion populations, together with one of the best chances on the continent of seeing the incredibly rare and fascinating wild dog packs. ...   Show me more >

Kinasi Lodge:      Land Activities to practice in Mafia Island
14 Sep 2010
GUIDED EXCURSIONS Guided excursions are also arranged to the islands and village communities of Chole and Jibondo. The boat building on both these islands is justly famous throughout East Africa. All traditional methods are used, with hand tools and hand-forged nails to create the jahazis, dhows, ...   Show me more >


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