Travelling to Mafia Island, Kinasi Lodge

One of the most frequently asked questions is how to get to Mafia Island and Kinasi Lodge. In this short article you will read about the most updated suggestions and flight schedules.

The large majority of people still do the traditional circuit of Safari on the mainland and then an Island breakaway at the end of their trip. When planning your flights always look at the connections onward to the end of your stay.

Majority of the inbound flights for travelers will have their international flights arrive in Dar es Salaam (DAR), Zanzibar (ZNZ), Arusha (ARK) or Kilimanjaro (JRO) Airports respectively. When booking the inbound flight to Tanzania, most would consider the closest entry to their start destination and not the convenience of a central hub, like Dar es Salaam.

If you are intending on doing a trip to Mafia or the Southern Safari circuit, DAR would certainly be your best option.

All flights connect via DAR or ZNZ before their last leg (30min) to Mafia (MFA).

The list of airlines below do regular schedule flights to MFA at various times to suit inbound international flights.

-Coastal Aviation, Tropical Air, Auric Air, Safari Airlink and options for a Private Charter with larger groups.

Safari Airlink is a convenient alternative if you are staying in the Selous or Ruaha with Foxes. There a two flights in and outbound.

The average cost of flights is varied between the various airlines, but one should budget no less than 148USD per person per seat from DAR-MFA and 198USD per person per seat from ZNZ-MFA. Book your domestic flights well in advance to ensure you get a space. Unlike other destinations in Tanzania, Mafia only has an option to fly and there are no ferries from DAR or ZNZ to MFA, so the seats sell out fast.

To book your flights you can contact the airlines directly and either book online (Coastal aviation) or via email.

If you are staying with us at Kinasi Lodge then rest assured; our reservations team can assist and book all your local flights and include it with accommodation and excursion package.

Once you arrive at the “bustling” Mafia Airport, our airport concierge and driver will meet with you, help you load your luggage and drive you to Kinasi. The drive is between 20 and 30 minutes and one starts to get a sense and feel for the island life and what you will call home while you visit our piece of paradise.

For more information please feel free to contact us directly and we will assist and advise the best alternative for your needs.


Yours always in service.

The Kinasi Team.

Sunset at Dar es Salaam Airport (DAR) - Image by Keith H. Gait-Smith

Sunset at Dar es Salaam Airport (DAR) – Image by Keith H. Gait-Smith