Introduction

Mafia Island is a true remnant of the old swahili coast, a place unspoilt, unaffected by commercialism and timeless.

Local people go about their traditional activities seemingly detached from the outside world. The main activity is fishing which is combined with the cultivation of staple foods and weaving of mats and baskets. Moderate Islamic religion dominates the Island.

The name Mafia is probably derived from the Arabic morfiyeh, meaning, “group” or “archipelago” or from the Swahili mahali pa afya meaning “a healthy dwelling place. Mafia is the largest of a small archipelago of islands with a population of about 40,000. It is approximately 30 miles off the Tanzanian coast, about 35 minutes by air from Dar Es Salaam. Across from island lies the Great Rufiji River delta and the world famous Selous Game Reserve.


It’s a wonderful destination to round off a wilderness safari or simply put your feet up and unwind!
Ideal for nature lovers, this is a real paradise with the rich variety of vegetation, which combines a mixture of bush with baobabs, mangrove and dream sandbanks. There are wild pigs, duiker, monkeys, small antelopes and nocturnal mammals such as bush babies and the fruit bat or flying fox. Fish eagles and countless other wading and wetland birds frequent the shoreline.