Monday
Mar122018

Island  Hippos

When I was first told that there were hippos on the island, I thought they were pulling my leg. It’s not that big an island (about 50km long and 15km wide) and there seemed to be no other large animals that I’d heard about, even though this is Africa. They also told me there was a guy who looks after them and they come when he whistles! Which added to me not believing them.

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Thursday
Mar082018

Chole Island's Bat  Colony

One of the amazing creatures you can find around Mafia Island is the fruit bat. They eat all kinds of fruit, and fortunately aren’t considered too much of a pest in the local area.

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Monday
Feb122018

Meeting  Mafia

After almost 100 hours of travelling which included four countries, two cancelled flights and an unexpected two-day stop in Addis Ababa, I’d already had my fair share of adventure before even setting foot on Mafia Island.

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Monday
Feb122018

5 Things You Should Know About Whale  Sharks

Whale shark season is in full swing here on Mafia Island, and I’ve loved learning about them during my time here. Here’s five facts that I think everyone should know about whale sharks!

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Monday
Feb122018

My Time on  Mafia

When I first arrived on Mafia I was struck by it’s simple beauty and how much of a stark contrast it was to Dar Es Salaam (my only previous experience of Tanzania). Instead of the sprawling, shabby and run down suburbs on the roads between the airport and central Dar, here there were palm trees, open expanses of grass and shrub-land with goats and cattle happily grazing at random intervals.

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Monday
Feb122018

Two Months on  Mafia

When I travel to new places, I try and go with no expectations. Nowadays it’s so easy to research a destination, and arrive knowing the ins and outs before even setting foot off the plane. With Mafia, however, it was a slightly different story...

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