The Mafia Archipelago and the delta of the Rufiji River form one of the most interesting marine ecosystems and coral reefs in the world. The area has a high bio-diversity and is considered an important habitat for endangered species. There are over 400 species of fish. On land the rich vegetation is dominated by large palm groves, baobabs, mangroves and fruit trees. The wildlife is extremely varied; monkeys, small antelopes, wild pigs, bushbabies as well as a small colony of elusive hippos. There are also countless types of birds.
The warm, safe waters of the inland bays and lagoons are a paradise for both expert and beginner scuba divers as well as those simply wishing to snorkel. Mafia Island Marine Park was established as the first Marine Park in Tanzania and covers a surface of 821 km2.
Pole Pole takes it's environmental reponsability very seriously.
There is no swimming pool for the following reasons:
• Lack of water: we find it unfair to use large amounts of fresh water while local population struggles everyday to get enough water to live.
• Pollution: we are a low environmental impact resort with a state-of-the-art phyto-purification plant and experts consider swimming pools a threat to marine parks because waters with high concentration of chlorine have to be discarded periodically.
• The sea in Mafia is so beautiful you won't feel the absence of a swimming pool.
They don't have air conditioning in the bungalows as there is always a cool breeze but we have put ceiling fans above the beds for the warmer days. The rooms are very spacious and windows on all sides ensure a pleasant cross ventilation. Being environmentally inclined, no air conditioning means saving power and most of all, maintaining a quiet and calm place.
What is Phyto-purification?
Phyto-purification is the special process of treating wastewater to prevent environmental pollution. Waste water is pumped away to a main septic sewage system and then filtered underground through a phyto-depuration bamboo pool. The process is so effective that at the end, the purified water can be used for gardening. The process is pollution free.
How to reach Pole Pole
Mafia Island is approximately 30 miles off the Tanzanian coast, about 30 minutes by air from Dar es Salaam and 45 minutes from the Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar Island. Mafia is reachable by light aircraft only. The resort is a 20 minute drive from Kilindoni, the main village and airstrip. The transfer to and from the airport is included in the accommodation cost.