Tree House Lodge Chole, Tanzania, Africa

Tree House Lodge, Chole, Tanzania, Africa | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • TreeHouses
  • Units 7
  • from $ 250 nt
What we like about this property

Adventure awaits and this beautiful lodge transports you into the life and culture of this fascinating island. A labor of love, this entirely handmade compound’s beautifully crafted treehouses are only surpassed by the owners philanthropic contribution and support of the local community and economy. A beautiful take on glamping in Tanzania.


Just offshore of mainland Tanzania are a group of islands that take you back in time and where this award winning jungle retreat resides at the northern most tip of the tiny island of Chole Mjini in the largest marine park in East Africa.

Designed and entirely hand built by the owners and local craftsmen, it’s a castaway fantasy, appealing to those who appreciate a return to simple luxuries that reawaken the senses. Settled as early as the 16th century, the island was an important trading post up until the 19th century, with the fascinating ruins of the old town dotted throughout the lodge’s gardens and small port area. 

Comprised of a total of six independent open-air treehouses and a main lodge with a restaurant lounge and bar, each are nestled into the giant baobab trees with views of the sea. Selected as the winner of the 2014 World Responsible Tourism Award; Best in Beach category, your stay helps educate the population of the island, and helps conserve the cultural heritage along with diversifying the local economy away from natural resource exploitation. 

Peaceful and a little wild, the area receives little tourism and is one of the last unspoiled areas of the region. Built to be entirely eco-friendly, the compound is solar powered and without electricity-just the sweet charm of lanterns, candlelight and a refreshing absence of technology. 

The handmade thatched roof structures are furnished and decorated with a mix of traditional African and Arabian decor and antiques that exemplify the simple Swahili style. 

You’ll be fed completely fresh local cuisine daily and enjoy the intimacy of dining under the stars and gathering with guests at the rooftop bar and lounge. The lodge has a number of dhows for excursions and diving and you are encouraged to relax and explore. 

Changing as little as possible of the land, the lifestyle and the heart of the island, this lodge will change you. 

The best of glamping in Tanzania. 


Completely off grid except for generated electricity in the main office for charging electronics. All meals are supplied daily. Housekeeping and laundry services available. Book library. Island transfers.


The Mafia island archipelago is small and intimate with some of the best diving along the eastern coast of Africa where you can experience the most amazing seasonal whale shark watching along with stunning coral reefs, and marine life. The village of Chole Mjini is friendly, unspoiled and worth a visit to experience local culture. The rest of the island is forested and lush with colonial ruins that are interesting to explore. Venture out to the neighboring island of Juani with it’s 13th century medieval ruins at Kua, and explore the tropical forests and hidden inland pools. 


Mafia island, Tanzania. Nearest Airport: Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar (1 hr), then a 45 minute drive to Utende Beach. From there it is a short 15 minute boat ride across Chole Bay to Chole Mjini.

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Tree House Lodge

from $250/ nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Rooms / Houses6 Tree houses plus 1 ground suite
Accommodate20 Total occupancy (2 to 4 people per house)
Restaurant / self cateringLodge with full board
KitchenLodge with full board
Bed TypeAll King
Kid FriendlyFamilies welcome
Pet FriendlyNo pets allowed
InternetOnly in one bar
ViewAll houses have beautiful sea views
RatesRates are $250 per person per day. Periodic specials apply
Minimum Stay3 Nights

The rates do not include levies of $11.50per adult per night and marine park fees of $20 per adult per night, gear hire, drinks in the public bar and some excursions. The rates do include all meals, VAT, ground transfers, most drinks and most excursions.

Well equipped but off grid.  Solar electricity for charging. Cell phone and internet connection in bar only

Early booking discount of 7 nights for the price of 5 in effect now.

Last minute booking special for bookings made within one month of arrival offer 20% discounts to U.S., Australian and European residents and 50% discounts for Africa residents


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