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Mafia Island Kinasi Escape (8 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Island Vacation   Multi-activity  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 989 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1009 Pound Sterling (GBP)

For a week of blissful unwind and pure relaxation, then our Specialist Tanzania Mafia Island Kinasi Escape may just be for you. If the big game of Tanzania’s National Parks doesn’t excite you then perhaps the thought of powder-white sandy beaches, coconut palms bowing in the breeze and balmy tropical nights under an African night-sky might? Located just 20 miles off the Tanzanian coast, only a 35 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, Mafia Island is a true remnant of the old Swahili coast, a place unspoilt, timeless and unaffected by commercialism. Local people go about their traditional activities seemingly detached from the outside world.

Your island hideaway on this Mafia Island holiday is Kinasi Lodge, set in a prime location on Chole Bay in Mafia Island Marine Park. Situated in an old coconut and cashew plantation Kinasi is an intimate home away from home which provides a luxurious stay amidst stylish décor and the magnificent natural surroundings of a marine reserve. With ambience and originality, Kinasi offers personalised service and a happy blend of African hospitality with a touch of laid-back ‘island life’. Kinasi has an informal and friendly atmosphere and is furnished with beautiful antiques, fabrics and rugs.

For guests who still want to keep vaguely in touch with the outside world, Kinasi also offers a few ‘mod-cons’ such as free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Kinasi also has a swimming pool, the perfect spot for lunch, drinks or a refreshing dip. For most visitors to Mafia the biggest challenge is finding the right balance between blissful relaxation, eating, sleeping and beachcombing. Alternatively you could choose to indulge in popular island activities such as snorkelling, experiencing world-class Mafia dive sites, searching for whale sharks, or perhaps exploring the island on a Mafia island tour.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: From Dar es Salaam airport you will make a short 35 minute flight south to Mafia Island. On arrival at Mafia’s tiny airport you’ll be met and transferred to your beach-side base at Kinasi in time for lunch. Set in a prime location on Chole Bay in Mafia Island Marine Park and situated in an old coconut and cashew plantation, Kinasi is an intimate home away from home which provides a luxurious stay amidst stylish decor and the magnificent natural surroundings of a marine reserve. With ambiance and originality, Kinasi offers personalized service and a happy blend of African hospitality with a touch of laid-back "island life".

Kinasi has an informal and friendly atmosphere and is furnished with beautiful antiques, fabrics and rugs. This afternoon you can truly relax, unwind and perhaps take a walk along the pristine beach. The lodge staff will no doubt be on hand to discuss the optional activities that are available on the island, should you wish to make any arrangements.

Accommodation: Kinasi Lodge.
Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 2-6: At leisure at Kinasi Lodge. Besides just relaxing on the beach, depending on your personal interests, there are plenty of things to do on Mafia Island to keep you occupied over the next few days including scuba diving, snorkeling, island excursions, boat trips to offshore islands and whale shark encounters (in season). Diving safaris around Chole Bay, within Mafia Island’s acclaimed Marine Park are outstanding. One of the highest bio-diversity marine sites in East Africa, Mafia Marine Park has are over 400 species of fish, 48 genera of soft and hard coral, the endangered marine turtle, dolphins and the rare dugong.

Chole Bay, the core of the Marine Park, has a handful of genuinely world class dive sites and you can be assured of never diving in a crowd. A wide choice of guided dives, dive packages, adventure dives, introductory courses, an open water course and advanced courses are available through our PADI-certified Dive Centre partner (Mafia dive options can be pre-booked with Specialist Tanzania).

Popular excursions in Mafia include visits to Chole Island – the oldest, still inhabited settlement in the archipelago with lush vegetation, a traditional dhow shipyard and ruins of old Arab buildings; Juani Island – with ruins of the ancient city of Kua, monkeys, blue duiker and the "blue lagoon"; Kitutia Reef – one of the most beautiful coral reefs with fine white sand beaches, perfect for a castaway fish lunch experience; Bwejuu Island; Chuwia Beach; Sunset Cruises; Ras Mkumbi – an exciting trip by road to the lighthouse at the northernmost point of the island.

Also, between October and March, whale sharks frequent the waters off the coast of Mafia. During this time boat trips can be arranged from Kilindoni harbor to spot these gentle giants quietly feeding on plankton a few hundred meters from the shore (sightings are never guaranteed, but chances of seeing them are high). Mafia Island is ideal for nature lovers; this is a real paradise with a rich variety of vegetation, which combines a mixture of bush with baobabs, mangroves and dream sandbanks. There are wild pigs, duikers, monkeys, small antelopes, hippos and nocturnal creatures such as bush babies and the fruit bat (flying fox). Fish eagles and countless other wading and wetland birds frequent the shoreline.

Accommodation: Kinasi Lodge.
Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Leaving behind the serene island paradise of Mafia, you’ll take a flight back to Dar es Salaam. On arrival you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to one of Dar's best located hotels, the Sea Cliff (or similar). Depending on your flight arrival time there may be time for an afternoon city sightseeing tour of Dar (approx. 3 hours). This optional tour will take you to visit the Askari Monument standing tall along the junction of Samora Avenue and Maktaba Street, the Nyumba ya Sanaa, the National Museum, the Azania Lutheran Church and the Forodhani front where you will learn about the history of the city.

Accommodation: Sea Cliff Hotel (or similar).
Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Your Specialist Tanzania Mafia Island Kinasi Escape holiday ends today after check-out from your accommodation and a transfer to Dar airport (for those departing on international flights).
Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Return flights between Dar es Salaam and Mafia Island
- Transfers between Mafia airport and Kinasi
- 6 nights full board in Sea Front cottage room at Kinasi Lodge
- Transfers between Dar airport and Sea Cliff Hotel
- 1 night in deluxe room at Sea Cliff Hotel in Dar es Salaam with breakfast
- Back-up support from Specialist Tanzania's local team during your holiday.

Price Excludes:
- International flights to connect with this holiday
- Mafia Island Marine Park fees (US$ 20 per day, payable locally)
- Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
- Laundry, souvenirs, tips and items of a personal nature
- Optional tours/activities and diving
- Travel insurance – mandatory for all bookings
- Tanzania visa.

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