Chole Mjini

Location: Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands | Tanzania

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Chole Mjini is a castaway retreat on Chole Island, just off the coast of Mafia Island, providing an exclusive and secluded escape. Sleep in treehouses for a truly unique experience and the chance to admire the wild landscapes from a different perspective. Chole Mjini provides a genuine community feel, with hosts who engage their guest and do their upmost to ensure an unforgettable stay. The lodge also tries to conserve the beauty of the nature surrounding it by making everything eco-friendly, using solar panels for electricity.
Perfect forA quirky, back-to-nature escape in Tanzania’s tropical treetops.
In the know
  • Remote and environmentally-friendly
  • Enjoy a range of wild and sea life including whale sharks
  • Sleep in the arms of an ancient baobab in the company of creatures great and small

Recommended for...

  • Beach
  • Eco-tourism
  • Family-friendly
  • Hideaway

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Chole Island is just off the coast of Mafia Island, belonging to an exotic archipelago south of Zanzibar. The seclusion of the island provides a back-to-basics eco-experience, with treehouses situated in baobab trees, surrounded by ancient ruins and tropical gardens. The location of this boutique hideaway also creates easy access to marine activities such as deep sea diving and swimming with whale sharks.

Rooms at Chole Mjini

Chole Mjini consists of six treehouses found high up in the canopy of baobab trees and one ground-based room built by local craftsmen. Every treehouse has a different layout and is a distance away from the other to provide privacy and to give each guest a unique experience and close-up views of different parts of the island, from the sea to the mangroves which are enchanting when lit up by the fireflies at night. Each room has its own bathroom situated at ground level and uses long-drop toilets and gas-fired showers – facilities designed to protect the environment it is based in.

Food & Drink

In-keeping with the barefoot vibe here, the food here is focused on freshly-caught fish and vegetables grown on the island. The Swahili influence in the preparation contributes towards rich and flavoursome food which can be enjoyed al fresco beneath a canopy of stars. Although the hotel tries to ensure complete disconnection from the outside world, guests can access Wi-Fi at the Red Herring Bar, which sits on the water’s edge and provides views out to Chole Bay, where dolphins and other sea life rove.


The hotel tries to encourage disconnection from the virtual world and keeps a well-stocked book exchange library.

Activities at Chole Mjini

With mangroves and a marine reserve on the doorstep, Chole Mjini is perfect for exploring the underwater world. Take a dhow trip out to a remote sandbar to snorkel in the coral reef, or try out deep sea diving to swim amongst giant grouper, barracuda and white-tipped reef shark. Fishing excursions can be arranged, boat trips will take you out to the hotspots for viewing whale sharks, and there’s also ancient ruins to be explored.

Best time to go

Best time to travel

Good time to travel (but some limitations)

Travel is possible (but it’s not the best time)

Travel is not recommended

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Best time to go

Hotel location

From Mafia Island, it is 15-minute boat ride across to Chole Island. Be prepared to wade through the water for a short distance as there are no jetties.

More places to stay in Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands


call us on 020 7337 9010 to start planning your perfect trip

Make an enquiry

© 2022 Exsus Travel. Experts in luxury tailor-made holidays.

Exsus Travel Limited t/a Exsus Travel. Registered in England and Wales at this address: 1 Burwood Place, London, W2 2UT. Company No. 3385363. VAT No. 719-221840.

Book with confidence.
All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:
We are a member of ABTA (ABTA No. Y6561) which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. For package holidays that do not include flights we provide financial protection for you money by way of a bond held by ABTA. We provide financial protection for your money.

International Passenger Protection (IPP)

All passengers booking with Exsus Travel Ltd are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies received by us, including repatriation costs and arrangements, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your single service travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Exsus Travel Ltd

Exsus Travel Ltd has taken out an insurance provided by International Passenger Protection Ltd (IPP) with Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE (LMIE) trading as Liberty Specialty Markets, a member of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. LMIE's registered office: 5-7 rue Leon Laval, L-3372, Leudelange, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Registered Number B232280 (Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés). LMIE is a European public limited liability company and is supervised by the Commissariat aux Assurances and licensed by the Luxembourg Minister of Finance as an insurance and reinsurance company. This insurance is only valid for passengers who book and pay directly with/to Exsus Travel Ltd

In the event of our insolvency please make contact as soon as practically possible giving full details of what has happened quoting the name of your Travel Operator:

IPP Claims at Sedgwick
Telephone: +44 (0)345 266 1872
or online at