- Unique local cuisine
- In famous Marine park
- On-beach accommodation
Hidden among the palms of the remote Mafia Island, Pole Pole is a great place for those in search of a private, luxurious, and relaxing beachside experience. Well suited for snorkelling and diving, Pole Pole’s superb water-based activities compensate for its lack of in-land activities.
Guest accommodation consists of seven thatched bungalows on raised platforms overlooking the sea. The bungalows are spacious and luxurious, each with a private veranda and en-suite bathroom. A day bed allows guests to slumber in the shade or the sun just outside. There is a communal garden with a pool.
Water-based activities at Pole Pole are excellent. This comes as no surprise given the fact that it is located next to one of the best diving areas in Africa, Mafia Marine Park. Guests can explore the famous marine life around Chloe Bay: expect to spot barracuda, angelfish, parrotfish, wrasse, butterfly fish, stingrays, and whale sharks. The hotel has its own sailing boat that guests can use to explore the island before picnicking under a canopy along the coast. Other activities include spa on the beach or in accommodation, bird watching, or exploring nearby areas such as the blue lagoon, local villages, or the lighthouse on the island’s northern tip.
Food at Pole Pole is great and really captures the hotel’s cross-cultural appeal. In the thatched restaurant, guests are served food that fuses African with Italian-style cuisine using fresh and local ingredients. Creating a tight-knit community, the service here is first class and friendly. Requests and allergies are happily accommodated for.
Children aged 10 and above are welcome and children between the ages of 10 and 12 pay half price. Two bungalows accommodate families with one large bed and twin beds. However, there are no provisions for children or families, which means this hotel is suitable primarily for adults looking to relax. After all, ‘pole pole’ in Swahili means ‘take it easy’.
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.
We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.
We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).
We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)
Jeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019