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  • Pole Pole 1/36 Arrival
  • Pole Pole 2/36 Bar, lounge and restaurant
  • Pole Pole 3/36 Bar, lounge and restaurant
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  • Pole Pole 5/36 Bar, lounge and restaurant
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  • Pole Pole 10/36 Library
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  • Pole Pole 12/36 Toward the SPA and bungalows
  • Pole Pole 13/36 SPA
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  • Pole Pole 15/36 Bungalow
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  • Pole Pole 23/36 Bungalow
  • Pole Pole 24/36 Outdoor verandah
  • Pole Pole 25/36 Outdoor verandah
  • Pole Pole 26/36 View from the verandah
  • Pole Pole 27/36 Bungalow
  • Pole Pole 28/36 Bungalow
  • Pole Pole 29/36 Beach view
  • Pole Pole 30/36 Steps to the beach
  • Pole Pole 31/36 Beach
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  • Pole Pole 33/36 Beach
  • Pole Pole 34/36 Walking among mangroves toward Chole Bay
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Pole Pole is located within Chole Bay in Mafia Island, off Tanzania Coast.

This small property has been delivering for years and consistently a particularly high level of servicing and certainly the highest among all facilities in the island.

It consists of seven wooden bungalows raised on stilts furnished with taste and discretion. Each bungalow has a large veranda and ceiling fan. There is no air-conditioning.

The lodge is complemented by the bar, lounge and restaurant, by the swimming-pool and a small SPA.

The less attractive aspect is perhaps its tidal beach which has been created removing part of mangroves that characterize this stretch of coast. At high tide there is no natural beach while at low tide water retreats significantly however the swimming-pool will certainly help those guests who have decided not to sail out in the sea. Alternatively a pleasant five minutes walk along the sea will lead you to the non-tidal of Utende village.

Activities offered include boat excursions to the island of the archipelago, diving and snorkeling. More distant excursions to swim with whale sharks can also be arranged.

If you are very keen divers, remember that from June to August the southern monsoon wind might not allow you to sail out of the bay. Should you wish to dive during these month we would rather suggest to stay in Pemba island which shielded west-coast offers some excellent diving sites or alternatively to consider Zanzibar [for further info refer to diving Pemba and diving Zanzibar].

Pole Pole accept VISA and MASTECARD [bank commissions apply. Subject to network connection].

INDICATIVE RATES 2015 per night per person
From 11/01 to 31/07 and from 01/09 to 20/12 $ 250
August and from 20/12 to 10/01 $ 290
New year's eve supplement $ 50
3° and 4° adult bed in family bungalow $ 217.5 peak season| $ 187.5 remainder of the year
Children 0 - 9 not allowed
Children 10 - 12 sharing with 1 or 2 adults $ 145 peak season | $ 125 remainder of the year
Diving rates available on request

Rates include: full board, drinking water, tea and coffee, laundry, daily boat excursion in Chole Bay, transfers between lodge and airport, laundry.

Rates exclude: Marine Park Fees [usd 20 per adult per day / usd 10 per child 5 - 15] to be paid cash at the park entrance gate]


HONEYMOONERS: book 7 nights and fly for free from and to Dar es Salaam. Offer valid until the end of March 2015

DIVERS: book 6 nights combined with a min. 4 dives package and pay only for 5. In the case of couples where one person is a non-diver, the free night is still applicable to them so long as their partner books a dive package. A complimentary massage for an accompanying non-diver is also included. Offer valid until the end of March 2015

STAY 5 PAY 4: offert valid until the end of march 2015.

RETURNING GUEST: a 15% discount is offered to repeat clients and to their accompanying friends and relatives.

Location: 8
Beach: 7
Staff: 9
Activities: 9
Architecture: 8
Food: 9
Cleanliness: 9
Value: 8