Pole Pole is located in the Chole Bay area, near Utende village on the southeast coast of Mafia Island overlooking the Mafia Marine Park. Directly on the beach, set in tropical gardens, Pole Pole offers spectacular views of the Mafia Archipelago and the Indian Ocean.
Seven spacious en suite bungalows are set among coconut palms overlooking the bay. Two Family bungalows are larger with two rooms separated by the bathroom and a small corridor for privacy. All have large verandas furnished with Zanzibari beds, chairs, tables and armchairs.
The cuisine here brings together diverse culinary traditions and cultures, with an Italian touch - Swahili dinners are served once a week or on request. Activities here include scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, picnics on isolated islands every day, and 4x4 wildlife excursions.
Why we like it
The Mafia Archipelago and the delta of the Rufiji River form one of the most interesting marine ecosystems and coral reefs in the world. The area has a high bio-diversity and is considered an important habitat for varied wildlife - monkeys, small antelopes, wild pigs, bushbabies an even a small colony of elusive hippos.