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Situated within the incredible Mafia Island Marine Park in Tanzania, Pole Pole Bungalow Resort Lodge offers the epitome of idyllic seaside relaxation. It is considered one of the most exclusive eco-resorts in the world and is the ideal destination to soak up paradise after an exciting East African safari.

Meaning 'slowly, slowly', Pole Pole offers island luxury in a laid-back atmosphere with respect for the surrounding environment and communities. Explore the diverse marine life beneath the waves as you snorkel or dive on your included daily boat trips to one of these nearby islands. Drink in the idyllic beaches as you laze in the sun or head out on foot to explore the surrounding area.


  • In Mafia Island Marine Park
  • Rustic, warm service & community conscious
  • Only 7 beach-side bungalows with private verandas
  • Relaxing massages overlooking the ocean
  • Incredible snorkelling & day trips to nearby islands

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The swimming pool is set in a sunny spot and fringed by palm trees. Surrounded by a wooden deck, its design is reminiscent of a traditional Arabic sailing dhow and the bar and shaded seating offers a cool place to relax with a drink.

Alasiri Spa is located in the garden that surrounds the swimming pool and offers relaxing essential oil massages.

Unwind on the sun beds shaded by straw umbrellas while enjoying a massage by the professionally trained staff.

The library boasts a wide selection of books and magazines, as well as playing cards and board games, creating a great place to relax if you feel like escaping the sun.

General Facilities

    Beauty or wellness therapist
    Swimming Pool
    Laundry service


In order to support community development, the ingredients of Pole Pole's cuisine are mostly organic and sourced from the local fishermen and farmers. Enjoy three delicious meals daily in the charming dining room and experience a special Swahili dinner once a week or upon your request. Relax on your veranda in the afternoon as you sip on a refreshing drink as the sun sets. Pole Pole also aims to meet all different dietary requirements.

Bungalow Suite

The seven bungalow suites at Pole Pole are perfectly blended with the surrounding tropical garden and all of them overlook the pristine Chole Bay. Built entirely out of wood and positioned on raised stilts, these suites are spacious and combine elegance with a rustic, natural feel.

Choose between a double or twin room with imported Italian linen, carved and antique furniture, and a bathroom with his-and-hers basins and a large shower. Walk out onto a large private veranda that features a Zanzibari day-bed, chairs and a coffee table as well as gauzy drapes.

Bungalow Suite AMENITIES

    Ceiling fan
    En-suite shower only
    Twin bed available
    Outside area
    Mosquito net

Other Room Types

Two of the seven bungalows are family suites, and feature two rooms, a shared bathroom and a small inter-leading corridor.


  • 4x4 drives
  • Boat excursions
  • Scuba diving
  • Birding
  • Guided walks
  • Local village visits
  • Picnics
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Sep 2015 - 19 Dec 2015 $250 Full Board
  • 20 Dec 2015 - 10 Jan 2016 $290 Full Board
  • 11 Jan 2016 - 31 Mar 2016 $250 Full Board
  • 01 Aug 2016 - 31 Aug 2016 $290 Full Board
  • 01 Sep 2016 - 19 Dec 2016 $250 Full Board
  • 20 Dec 2016 - 10 Jan 2017 $290 Full Board
  • 11 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017 $250 Full Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

Africa Safari Expert

"If you are looking to relax in a great setting off the beaten track, you can`t go wrong with Pole Pole. The food is delicious and the diving really lives up to expectations."



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