Mafia Island is Tanzania’s first Marine Park. The Mafia Archipelago consists of one large island and several smaller islets. The archipelago is scattered over the Indian Ocean. Located 120 km south of Dar Es Salaam, is one of the exciting diving and fishing areas in the world. It is known for its pristine, unspoilt beaches with beautiful transparent water.

Almost half of Mafia’s coastline, around 822km², has been gazetted by the Government as a marine park. Around 50 species of corals, more than 460 types of fish and five different species of turtles have been recorded in the waters around Chole Bay. The bay is ideal for windsurfing and laser sailing. Birdlife is outstanding and very different to the mainland parks.

Mafia’s vegetation ranges from scrubby coastal moorlands and tidal mangrove thickets to lowland rainforest and palm-wooden grassland. Magnificent baobabs along with the native Albizia are the prominent feature of Mafia. One of the most picturesque landscapes of Mafia, is the Chunguruma Forest, is a dense tree covering interlaced with palms, lianes and epiphytes and has a plentiful floor covering of ferns.

Mafia is the perfect spot to relax and unwind after a great African Safari. Isolated islets and beaches, lagoons and channels provide many private swimming and picnicking hideaways. You can also spot ancient historical monuments dating back to the eighth century.

Island fauna includes a small number of hippos living in the reed-lined lakes, flying foxes, various species of bushbabies, pygmy shrew and kenge, a type of monitor lizard. Monkeys and squirrels are common to the Mafia.

The birdlife of Mafia Island is also quite rich. Around 120 bird species have been recorded on the island including five different types of Sunbird. Apart from the birds, many butterflies species are also found with five species endemic to Mafia only.

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