Sleep in a Treehouse!
Sleep in a treehouse with the sea breeze blowing through the mossie nets, looking out over the leafy canopy to the ocean beyond …. An authentic castaway experience with romantic rooms built around huge ancient Baobab trees, on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean which can easily be combined with an African Safari. Take a look also at my page about Mafia Island.
Chole Mjini is a true Robinson Crusoe island – step back in time, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of calm and comfort and escape the rat race! The staff are lovely, the food fresh and wonderful, and the beer and wine cold. Diving, snorkelling and exploring by boat takes you to nearby sand banks and small islands. Chole is a tiny island accessed by flights to Mafia, 30 minutes from Dar Es Salaam in Southern Tanzania.
Take the time to wander around tiny Chole island and immerse yourself in the local culture, you’ll be invited into peoples homes, schools and clinics, getting a real experience of true rural life in Africa. Play footie with the kids, have a cuppa with the ladies, wander through the mangroves to the beach and watch the fishing boats. Surrounded by old Omani ruins, Chole Island has an other-worldly atmosphere – I didn’t want to leave!
Each room has it’s own bathroom facilities, but they are open air and eco – so if you want electricity, running water and gold taps this is not for you. If, however you enjoy escaping from the western world and spending time in a remote, peaceful place where time stands still, this is the perfect get away.
Chole Mjini has a dive school and sits in the protected waters of Chole Bay in the Mafia Island Marine Park, one of the best dive spots in East Africa. Between December to March each year, Whale Sharks migrate through – diving or snorkelling with these magnificent creatures is a once in a lifetime experience. There are a mass of other tiny islands that can be explored or take a picnic and cool box and sail to a pristine white sand bar at low tide for some sun and swimming in paradise. This is a perfect honeymoon destination for those wanting something out of the ordinary in a rustic, romantic setting.
The lodge provides fresh seafood and bakes it’s own bread and cakes, the food here is some of the freshest I’ve ever had … returning one morning through the mangroves from an early morning swim, I found a lady with her skirts hitched up in the shallows bashing an octopus on a rock then disappearing into the kitchen to make lunch! At night, oil lamps flicker around the lodge and light up the ancient ruins that provide the backdrop for your evening meal. Or eat on the jetty watching fireflies flicker through the bushes before climbing into your treehouse, lulled to sleep by the breeze from the water and the soft sounds of the African night…..