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Cuenca, Ecuador
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2012

My spouse and I spent 3 wonderful nights in mid October at Shamba Kilole, a scant 30 minute flight from Dar es Salaam. Francesca and Marco were wonderful hosts, and had assembled and trained a fine team of over 30 people to care for the restaurant and 6 villas, so the service was a highlight. As we love seafood, we... More 

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Aachen
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 November 2012

We stayed 4 nights at Shamba Kilole Eco Lodge. It is an excellent place to stay on Mafia Island, a very nice island of Tanzania. Francesca, Marco and the whole team made our stay unforgettable, high end service - always in respect of eco tourism (but in fact, you have everything you might need). Kitchen is excellent, with wide variety... More 

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Thank HaJu C
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

My husband and I went to Tanzania for our honeymoon and ended our trip at Shamba Kilole Eco Lodge and it was everything we hoped for and more. The lodge was stunning and all the staff made us feel very special. The food was fantastic - I real treat for seafood lovers and it was made extra special by eating... More 

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Thank KatieStamp
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
1 review
Reviewed 14 October 2012

Shamba Kilole is a beautifully located lodge with 6 nicely decorated chalets. The owners and staff have the ability to look after you in the very best way without making you feel uncomfortable. Owner Marco is an excellent divemaster who knows the best spots on Mafia for diving and snorkeling. The food at Shamba was amazing because after all, the... More 

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danville, California, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2012

I just got back from a stay at Shamba Kilole lodge, which was the cherry on top of a great Kilimanjaro/Safari vacation. I heard about Mafia Island from a friend, and after doing some research, concluded that it would be much quieter and relaxing than Zanzibar. Further research and reviews here were the deciding factor on which place to stay,... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2012

My visit to Shamba Kilole was short but ever-so sweet. I adore this place and wonder when work will find me back in Tanzania so I can make Shamba Kilole my once-yearly special getaway (Universe, do you hear me?). A postponement in the workshop I was co-faciliting in the region kept me in Tanzania for three unanticipated days. I wanted... More 

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Great Saling, null, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2012

The five star reviews are quite right - this is an absolutely fantastic place to stay, especially if you like snorkelling and diving. The lodges themselves are beautifully constructed and the main lodge is very African. The lodge is within the Marine Park & the coral & fish are wonderful - I saw three turtles during our stay. Marco &... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2012

Shamba Kilole was the last and best place me and my girlfriend stayed in on our three week trip through east-africa early 2012. The great food, wide range of activities and comfortable bungalows alone were enough to make it great. On top of that we also got impecable service and the owners are wonderful so it turned out to be... More 

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1 Thank SjoerdPieters
Harrogate, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 November 2011

We spent 5 days here and Francesca and Marco and the staff could not have been more welcoming. The lodge is small and friendly. The accommodation and food are of a very high standard. The chef prepared wonderful seafood. There is a pool and garden with sea views. The lodge arranged snorkelling and swimming expeditions and trips to the islands.... More 

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Hertfordshire, England
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

Really friendly small lodge. Only 6 rooms. Simple but stylish. Terrific pool overlooking the sea (not many pools on Mafia) where you can have an intro to scuba before you go in the sea. The owner, Marco, is infectiously enthusiastic about diving so we thought we would give it a go... and were so pleased we did. The whole family... More 

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  • Pool
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The relaxing lodge has 6 bungalows facing the sea all surrounded by trees and garden. Swimming pool, private jogging park, dive school, restaurant with conference room, wine cellar, terrace top. All rooms are in different style following Swahili tradition and history. Ideal for sea lovers, honeymooners, bird watchers. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shamba Kilole Eco Lodge

Address: Kilole, Kiegani | P.O. Box 29, Mafia Island 0000, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
Price Range: $268 - $402 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“Suits are larger and Harusi suit has the best decoration and privacy.”
 of 5 bubbles cantay, 1 Jan 2015 | Read review
“They are all good!”
 of 5 bubbles 822cathib, 2 Jul 2014 | Read review
“The Bahati suite . One of the other suites had a huge bed but with access from only one side.”
 of 5 bubbles elestoban, 21 Dec 2013 | Read review
“The rooms are all single buildings in two rows of three lodges - the three nearest the sea offer the better views.”
 of 5 bubbles MikeA361, 1 Dec 2013 | Read review
“Ask for a suite with a direct view onto the bay which can be seen through the trees.”
 of 5 bubbles LesleyWilde, 28 Jul 2013 | Read review
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