"Mafia Island is a true remnant of the old swahili" Mafia Island by malcolmblue

Mafia Island Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 10 photos


The nature of name "Mafia" is Arabic, which is derived from the word "morfiyeh" meaning "group" or "archipelago", from the English "healthy place" meaning "a healthy dwelling place". Its history goes back to the 8th century here it played a key role in the East African trading routes between Kilwa and Zanzibar.
The archipelago of Mafia Island lies 25km off the bank of territory Tanzania, 100km to the south of Dar es Salaam and 150km to the south of Zanzibar Island. The gathering is ruled by one expansive island, otherwise called Mafia, which measures 50km by 20km. Inasmuch as Zanzibar is a low lying coral atoll and Pemba a correct island of mountainous landscape, Mafia is significantly progressively like a cut of the territory, all in all low-lying and sandy, secured in a mixof inadequate shrub, open fields and with broad palm manors.

Up until 1995 Mafia Island was a generally uncharted backwater for the abroad guest, however in later times an expanding number of pioneers have been building cabins on the island and there is presently an every day minor plane administration to and from Dar es Salaam.

By correlation with Zanzibar, Mafia Island remains exceptionally calm. A handful of little cabins have harshly the same number of cots between them as one of the bigger offices over yonder and the modest plane gets just six or twelve visitors every day instead of the hundreds that land at Zanzibar International.

Subsequently, the individuals and society of Mafia Island remains minimal influenced. There is almost no wrongdoing and essentially no bother. Strolling the avenues of the curious minimal capital, Kilindoni, where locals might turn away their look in an aware as opposed to a disagreeable design. Try to talk and grin and the gathering here ought to be as warm as you will find anyplace on the mainland.

This is a cut of the old Swahili Coast and guests searching for the sort of genuineness that so frequently has a tendency to have played out in all the more vigorously voyaged territories may as well discover that the little additional pester of getting here ought to be well reimbursed.

Getting to Mafia Island

There are an astounding number of planned flights flying into and out of Mafia Island each day. Coastal Aviation, Zanair, Precision Air and Tropical Air.
The return trek costs appx. $220 for every individual. (Recollect that, you might convey just 15kg/33 lb. for every individual in gear on these planes, in a perfect world in delicate sacks.) You can book your flight to Mafia from Arusha, Ruaha, Selous, and Zanzibar, however all flights go through Dar.
The flight takes just 40 minutes from Dar es Salaam and 1 hour from Zanzibar or the Selous.
Note: The global flight charge ($30) and Safety Fee ($8) are incorporated in ticket costs from Dar es Salaam yet possibly from Zanzibar, so convey extra money to blanket this outcome.

When to Go

Mafia Island has two stormy seasons: short rains in November and December, and long rains from March to May, when the island's tourism give or take shuts down. The temperature on the island is stable, seldom dropping underneath 20°c (68°f) or climbing above 33°c (91°f). June to September is the coolest period; throughout this time, you can plunge just inside Chole Bay. The best time of the year for plunging is from October to February, when visibility is best - up to 25m (8 ft.) - and you can dive outside the reef that secures Chole Bay. Top convenience rates are normally charged in August and the Christmas/new Year period. Generally guests stay 4 to 5 nights.

This data was exact when it was distributed, however can change without notice. If its not too much trouble make certain to affirm all rates and parts straight with the organizations being referred to before arranging your trip.

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  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Hi Malcolm
    Welcome to VT - it's great to see someone writing about little reported on destinations, and I look forward to reading more on this lovely page!

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