Mafia Island

Chole Shamba // 394 km² // Chole Island // Utende // Population 40,000...

Mafia Island along with Unguja and Pemba is part of the Tanzanian Spice Islands and is governed from the mainland of Tanzania.

There is one large island and several smaller ones, some uninhabited.  Chole Island is just 2 km² and has under 1,000 inhabitants.

It is a poor island and the economy is predominantly based on fishing and it has some wonderful marine life.  Much of the island has no electricity or running water and it is not considered to be a tourist island and therefore off the beaten track to a large extent, so it is ideal for relaxing bearing in mind there are no newspapers to be found!  You will find it hard to watch television or get on to the Internet although some satellite and telecommunications are now beginning to spring up.

The best way to reach the island is by small aircraft from Dar es Salaam.

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