Our intention is for our guests to become new friends and to become involved in Mafia the way our family has been able to live and enjoy the people of Mafia, the natural world and its fishing, diving and snorkeling, sailing and picnicking and all the other attractions and interests….all without any crowds and all right on our doorstep at Kinasi Lodge. We have provided as many facilities and activities as possible to allow you to do this in comfort and style and as close to nature as possible….and to enjoy your stay in “Swahili Time”, the relaxed ritual of Island Life.
Our management and hospitality is based on the goal of perfection, our personal attention to detail and YOUR requirements and interests, with the intention that you experience and enjoy Mafia to the full, not simply visit. You know how you look after friends when they come to stay with you …. well, that’s us: you will be our friends and we make sure you have a great time. So there is an excellent daily activities programme and many facilities and features that enable you to do exactly as you wish while you are with us at Kinasi…..so BE OUR GUEST and curate your stay !
Kinasi faces to the south-east overlooking Mafia Island Marine Park. Looking out from Kinasi you will see Chole Island in the left foreground, with Juani Island behind – separated by a narrow channel that is not visible, and Jibondo island in the distance, to the right of Juani.
We opened Kinasi in January 1996, after designing and building it ourselves. the setting is tropical gardens on a hillside with the bungalows below coconut palms, leading down to the swimming pool and private beach.
Kinasi is a special place that reflects our dream of creating a wonderful retreat in which to enjoy one of Africa’s finest marine parks. The design and style of Kinasi is somewhat eccentric “tropical island” a bit eclectic and definitely individual, with influences from the Swahili Coast, African craftsmen, Morocco and Italy. The atmosphere is intentionally informal and homely. We have beautiful antiques (collected in Mafia !), Tanzanian hand-made furniture, beautiful fabrics and rugs because Kinasi is our pride and our home.
All the cottages, set apart and with privacy, are large and airy, with an en-suite bathroom and covered verandah furnished with hammock, chairs and table, plenty of hanging space and shelves, desk and chair, bedside lights and reading lights. The rooms have fans situated within walk-in mosquito nets that cover the king-size beds, and have been designed for through-ventilation and coolness in all seasons.