Mafia and Kinasi – Safari in Tanzania and then come to us
Mafia Island In The Tanzanian Holiday
Mafia’s Place in the Tourist Circuits This month I want to concentrate on describing how Mafia fits into the two principal tourist circuits of Tanzania – north and south, in addition to being a stand-alone destination for keen divers with Zanzibar and Pemba for those looking for the “ISLAND LIFE’’ experience and outstanding diving.
To satisfy every taste we have all-inclusive holiday offers, dive packages and combos with Zanzibar and Pemba islands as well; and don’t forget that we always offer a discount on all nights spent in Kinasi in excess of five. And 2015-16 is our 20th Birthday celebrations with special offers for the WHOLE year! The map above has been ‘’borrowed’’ from “Travel Africa”, which has grown to become one of the “must reads” of African travel news and industry information. Mafia is often a safari extension to relax after a serious wildlife safari, which is a busy experience with early rises for best game watching. So some typical Southern Circuit itineraries might be:
- Selous (2) – Ruaha (3) – Mafia (4) – Zanzibar (3)
- Selous (2) – Ruaha (3) – Mafia (5)
- Saadani (2) – Selous (3) – Mafia (5)
From the Northern parks Mafia Island can be easily reached on any of the scheduled airlines to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar, where we will collect your clients and take them on to Mafia. On Coastal Aviation you can fly from Arusha to Mafia via Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, leaving Arusha at 1330 and arriving in Mafia at 1530. From our experience popular safari itineraries are:
- Arusha-Tarangire-Manyara-Ngorongoro-Serengeti (7-10 days) – Zanzibar (2) – Mafia (3)
- Arusha-Tarangire-Manyara-Ngorongoro-Serengeti (7-10 days) – Mafia (5)
Increasingly couples like to start with Mafia and finish on Zanzibar or simply head out after the safari component of their Tanzania trip. This has surprised us but makes perfect sense as a way of “unwinding” from life in Europe and a long flight. For this purpose the morning schedule of Tropical Air is the perfect way to reach Mafia or we will always do the flight for your clients in our aircraft. The average stay in Mafia is 5 nights. The itineraries, length of stay and hotels/lodges used depend on the client budget, but Tanzania increasingly has a complete range for all pockets. We believe Kinasi continues to be excellent value and correctly priced. The facilities and services are unrivalled for a small boutique hotel, yet we are below the US$ 200/pppd threshold and more competitive than our competition in Mafia.
Flights To Mafia
Please note that there is the morning Tropical Air flight starting in Zanzibar at 0800 and leaving from Dar es Salaam at 1000 for Mafia. Coastal Aviation has the 1045hrs departure from Dar and another at 1500hrs (with connections from Arusha, Zanzibar, Selous and Ruaha). Auric Air has a later afternoon flight from Dar with a quick turnaround in Mafia, ideal for those who want as much of the day as they can squeeze into Mafia and its great excursions.
Check online for all flights and latest prices and deals.
Best regards and all good wishes from all of us at Kinasi. Antonella, Ilha and Peter Byrne