My name is Afro. I am a local guide born on Mafia Island &
and the proud owner of Afro Whale Shark Safari.

Afro Beach Bungalows and Tours is owned and run by locals who have grown up on the Island. We look forward to showing you the best that Mafia Island has to offer. Staying here will give you a local but comfortable experience. Our facilities are basic but you have a quiet beach, beautiful sunsets every evening and warm friendly staff who are here for you.



Swim with Whale Sharks

Swimming with whale sharks is one of the best experiences Mafia Island has to offer. We are the highest ranking tour on Tripadvisor…and for good reason!

Acitivities in Mafia Island

Diving, snorkeling, culutral tours, sandbank BBQs and the secret lagoon are just a few of the amazing things we can show you on Mafia Island

Afro Beach Bungalows

Come and stay in our beach bungalows sat on our own private stretch of beach. With beautiful sunsets, quiet and warm friendly staff.


Afro Whale Shark is run and owned by locals. We support our local community in many ways. Read more about our work.

Cheap Flights to Mafia Island

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Get In Touch

Contact Afro Whale Shark Safari for any questions about Mafia Island. We are here for you.



      This was one of my favorite places during my month in Tanzania. It is simple and rustic, but has a great relaxing feel to it. The staff is great and the guides are very professional and knowledgable. We had amazing encounters with the Whale sharks!

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      Can't find anything to complain about Afro. Picked us up from airport on time, bungalow was nice and clean, food was very good, excellent whale shark tour and snorkelling! They know how to run a bussines.

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      Afro and his team were simply the best! Super experienced and skilled in spotting the whale sharks and very knowledgeable and sensitive to the correct procedures and ways of swimming with these beautiful creatures. All the guys on the boat, Hamisi, Yusuf and Ali were...More

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      I would recommend Afro and his team. Our large (sometimes loud) all-women group of 10 went out for 9 mornings in a row to snorkel with the whale sharks and gather information for an online citizen science platform Wildbook. Over this time, one thing became...More

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      Catering to budget-minded travelers, they offer bungalows and campsites (with tents available for rent) just steps from the ocean. I rented a tent and spent four nights with Afro’s. I fell asleep each night to waves slapping against the shore - it doesn’t get better...More

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      I’m sure that this trip would be really good if the conditions were fine. We went out two times for five hours each time, spending a hundred dollars each and experienced only very rough sea in a nutshell type of boat, got completely soaked, and...More

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