Treehouse Amidst Ancient Ruins in Tanzania
Situated on a remote island off the coast of Tanzania, the Saba treehouse is absolutely perfect for those who want to simply get away from all the distractions of modern day technology and just relax.
- Hospitable and Friendly Owners and Staff
- Access to Many Fun-Filled Activities
- Sun Deck with Awesome Views of the Ocean
- Big Enough for a Family or Group of Four
- Authentic Island Treehouse Experience
Saba, a big treehouse located on Chole Island in Tanzania, is a favorite haunt of adventurous souls — and rightfully so. Why? Well first off, it is completely devoid of modern-day technology such as phones, televisions, and the internet; and second, it is located amidst ancient ruins near the ocean. Therefore, not only does it offer awesome views unlike any other, but also access to many exciting activities such as sunset sailing, snorkeling, turtle hatching, and even whale shark watching!
Big enough to accommodate two adults and two children, Saba is a beautifully-designed treehouse right on the beach. It has a sun deck facing the ocean, beds with scenic views of the outside, and an open-air but private bathroom. Finding another one quite like it would definitely be quite a task.
What makes this treehouse special is that it doesn't have electricity. Despite that, however, staying here isn't boring or tiresome at all. In fact, it is quite fun. Because without the distractions of modern-day technology, guests are able to enjoy the scenery, take part in awesome adventures, and get closer to nature.
Moreover, the whole place is run by friendly owners whose aim is to make sure their visitors happy and well-taken care of. And that they do. They serve delicious meals made from fresh catch and even accompany their guests to wherever they want to go. Without question, a stay here wouldn't just be interesting, but unforgettable as well — which is most probably the reason why people keep coming back for more.
How to get there
Reaching Saba is quite easy. All you have to do is take a plane from virtually anywhere in Tanzania to Mafia Island and drive to Utende where the boat to Chole Mjini is docked. There are regular flights and boats so you won’t have to worry. Note though that since Saba is located on an island that is in the middle of the Mafia Marine Park, you have to pay $10 per person upon entry.
About the area
Saba is in the heart of the Mafia Island Marine Park which has breathtaking reefs and dive sites, thus, SCUBA diving is an activity you could try out anytime you wish to. And since owners Jean and Anne are both PADI Dive Masters and biologists, they can tailor dives specifically for you or your group and personally introduce you to the wonders that the sea around Chole Mjini offers. Besides SCUBA diving, there are hosts of other things you could experience around here as well. You can go snorkeling and turtle hatching; watch and swim with whale sharks; sunbathe and have picnics on the sandbar; island hop and sail into the sunset; or visit the nearby Chole Village and Popo Park. It’s amazing how much you can do even when there’s no electricity, right?
Chole Mjini is a treehouse beach lodge tucked into the small island of Chole centred in the Mafia Island Marine Park Tanzania. Activities are marine based with options for snorkelling, diving, swimming, sailing, SUPs, picnics and walks. Lounging, eating, birdwatching, reading all take you away from the modern world and bring back nature to your soul.
3 Reviews - Treehouse Amidst Ancient Ruins in Tanzania
Perfect getaway treehouse
If you want to get away from it all, literally, this is the place. No wifi unless you take the short walk to the Red Herring bar by the shore. Every meal prepared by local staff. My wife celebrated her 65th there with a candle light dinner. Actually, every dinner is by candle light as there is no direct electricity.
This was our home base for 5 days of scuba and proved to be more than convenient.
Hosts Andrea and Jeff were more than accommodating in arranging trips for turtle hatching and whale shark snorkeling.
Owner Jean devilles will delight you with tales of the island and his own colorful life
Experience you should try at least once
We came to Chole following a week of an amazing safari. We had a group of 8 divers and we were ready for some time in the water and on the island. My friend and I were in Treehouse 2. Overall, it was a wonderful week, with Geoff and Andrea as our guest hosts. They did an incredible job accommodating our plans with abrupt changes in weather. The staff at Chole Mjini includes some of the most amazing people I have ever met- from Jay, who introduced us to our tree house and filled us in on the workings of everything to Shibu, who served as waiter, barman, and guide to the village, and everyone in between. Everyone was genuinely kind and helpful, gracious and welcoming. It was a pleasant experience (despite our nightly critter visit in the upstairs room of our treehouse) and one everyone should try at least once.
We owned a chunk of paradise!
This place is beyond incredible. Our family spent our entire time here imagining what it would be like to live here full time; a dream. The staff go above and beyond to make sure that you experience at Chole Mjini is the best. They are there at every turn, to offer you help, information, or simply a smile. The food was delicious and portions for a king. And the view was absolutely phenomenal. We stayed in tree house #3 with our two daughters and the set up was perfect. Even in a tree house we felt that we had privacy and owned our little chunk of paradise. There is no wonder this place has won so many awards, it is fully worth it. This is a bucket list come true. Thank you to the staff, and the wonderful owners Jean and Anne, for making our time in Chole one that we will NEVER forget.