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Lua Cheia Beach Camp is located on Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania.

This simple tented camp is situated adjacent to a village in the far north of the island. This area gets far fewer visitors and does feel more remote.

Public areas are contained within a couple of open-sided bandas serving as lounge and dining areas. The six guest tents are small but reasonably well equipped with fans and bathrooms. There is apparently also a small pool, although we seem to have missed that on our last visit.

Activities include kayaking, sailing, fishing and walking.

Lua Cheia Beach Camp is a really interesting option, pleasantly remote, simple and reasonably priced.

Perhaps worth considering in combination with one of the lodges down in the Chole Bay area to the southeast.

Check-in time

From 15:00

Check-out time

Until 11:00

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type.

Children and extra beds

All children under 3 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.

Accepted credit cards

Cash only


  • Bathroom
  • Beachfront
  • Courtyard
  • Restaurant
  • Toilet


Bicycle and Kayak rental


No Wi Fi


Parking not provided on the spot.

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North Mafia

North Mafia

Located at Bweni Village near the northern tip of Mafia is a lovely promontory called Ras Bweni. “Ras” stands for peninsula, and from here one has a fine view of the superb sunsets over the Rufiji Delta and the moon rising over the Indian Ocean.

North Mafia Island, BWENI

This part of Mafia is where the beautiful beaches have been formed. In contrast the Chole Bay side of Mafia is superb for diving and snorkelling.

The stunning feature of the location is the  beach stretching away in both directions, all yours….the sand is white and pure and one can always swim, despite tidal changes. And the complete isolation from any other tourist facility or commercial activity of any kind. Solitude, nature, complete relaxation.

Sports and nature

THE LIGHTHOUSE AT RAS MKUMBI 60s Old Germany Lighthouse at Bweni 300x225 Bweni Village and Ras Mkumbi North Mafia Island A visit to the lighthouse will allow you to see far to the south over the Mlola Forest, protected for its vegetation and wildlife, including Sykes monkeys. There are magnificent baobabs in the north of Mafia, especially at Ras Mkumbi (the northern tip of the island, just beyond Bweni village.
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