Pole Pole

Location: Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands | Tanzania

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Arriving at Mafia Airport (one small stone hut and a thatched “waving bay”) you’ll know you’re landing somewhere special. This delightfully rural unspoilt island is the timeless Africa that has charmed travellers for decades, and Pole Pole (meaning literally, “slowly, slowly”) is castaway luxury at its most relaxed.
Perfect forBlissful relaxation and excellent diving.
In the knowFor the ultimate diving and snorkelling, travel between January and March - this is whale shark season, and a chance to snorkel with these gentle giants is not to be missed!

Recommended for...

  • Beach
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Eco-tourism
  • Family-friendly

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

In the marine park on the Southern tip of Mafia Island.

Rooms at Pole Pole

The seven cottages here are unfussy and unpretentious, with thatched roofs, cool, shady bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. The sea breezes blow gently through the room, and the occasional clatter on the roof is usually the sound of a passing monkey.

Food & Drink

Pole Pole’s had a long line of Italian managers, so the food has a distinct Mediterranean flair. It’s not all pasta though - there’s a real emphasis on using local ingredients, and the weekly Swahili night will give you the chance to enjoy some more African flavours. 

Facilities

There’s a swimming pool at the lodge, a massage hut overlooking the beach, and a small selection of games and books.

Activities at Pole Pole

This is one of the most peaceful spots we’ve visited in Africa, and it was as much as we could do to walk from the massage table to the lunch table, and from there to a shady spot beneath a palm tree. However, if you really must be active, the diving and snorkelling here are excellent. While people don’t really travel to Mafia for the beaches, we loved taking a picnic out to one of the lovely white sandbanks, and Mafia itself is so utterly charming, we’d definitely recommend taking a dhow across to Chole Island, or having a sedate potter amongst the villages.

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

Stay at Pole Pole on these trips

More places to stay in Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands

YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE

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.
ATOL
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: www.caa.co.uk
ABTA
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
Email:Insolvency-claims@ipplondon.co.uk
or online at http://www.ipplondon.co.uk/claims.asp