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Valeriia I wrote a review 17 Aug
Planning my trip to Tanzania, I went through a lot of sources and considered diving on Pemba Island (with wider transport connections) or first-class diving on Mafia Island (with less developed connections). Fortunately, I came across a blog article mentioning someone Afro Whale Shark Safari as a Go-To person when it goes to a trip and activities organization on Mafia Island. At 11 pm, I went to their website, and sent my request to the chatbot, not expecting to receive an instant response. To my surprise, I got an immediate reply, and after a series of clarifying questions, I got an appealing offer. The offer included plane tickets, transfers, half board accommodation, and a diving package, for very reasonable money. After payment, the next day I was sent a booking confirmation, plane tickets, and a dive schedule. Everyone, including the taxi driver, the hotel staff, and the dive center was at the highest level. When I got bored, I asked Afro about the excursions they offer on the island. I chose a safari with whale sharks. It was an incredible experience. As one Swiss acquaint said, "You should not just consider this safari, but you must do it". By the way, he himself visited 2 such safaris during his 4-day stay there. He told that he had thrown away a lot of money in other countries, unsuccessfully trying to dive with these sharks. In the Mafia, a meeting with them is almost guaranteed, and Afro staff know perfectly well where and how to find them, by the way, very close to the shore. It was really an unforgettable experience to snorkel over this huge and beautiful fish. An unforgettable experience, as well as the trip to this wonderful island and the people living there. I warmly recommend this place to visit.…
Date of experience: August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Emmanuel Kibanga wrote a review Jun 2022
A wonderful place with wonderful people. Thank you for your warm welcome, the perfect food and service, a fantastic beach and lots of interesting talks. Special thanks to Muba, for the extraordinary trip setup ,we enjoyed highly.
Date of experience: June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Marianne Andersen wrote a review Feb 2022
Unfortunately, we cannot recommend Afro Whale Shark Safari. Not because, there were no whale sharks - they guides really searched for them, and took a whole extra hour to cruise to find it, but unfortunately without luck. Well that's nature. But we had severe trouble with the communications with Muba and the team all the way in the three days, we stayed. We did not get the airplane tickets, neither for going to Mafia or coming back, before we called, mailed, whats'apped several times, in the end with CAPTIONS - and still got no answer. Also the information in the - nice and relaxed - guesthouse was non-existent. We were not told, when to be ready before late night (had to be ready next morning at 6 AM, it appeared). The guesthouse forgot to make our breakfast, and so I went on. But - the guides were very nice, thanks to Pasco/Pascal and Hamisi for doing good jobs, in spite of the poor management. Also note, that the sea is not clear near the guesthouse.…
Date of experience: February 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Response from mubamafiaisland, Owner at Afro Whale Shark Safari
Responded 12 Jun 2022
Dear Marianne! Thank you for negative review and we are really apologize for any inconvenience for your trips to Mafia. For the last minutes booking some time we have a challenging to confirm the booking for flight because we can’t confirm any flight tickets if the fund not reflecting tto our account. But we told the guest flight has been booked and we are waiting the fund then we will confirm and send the air tickets. We asking the guest to book early in advance. If guest booked breakfast also we offer breakfast for take away or at the restaurant. We have tea or coffee for any time is ready from 6:00 am and waiter is ove there to listen every one for breakfast or aany thing, unfortunately the guest didn’t ask fori breakfast and we prepared breakfast after trip. Pascal and Hamisi is our captain their doing great job. For more advise uou can e mail us or contact private. Thanks Afro Yeam
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Jeremy W wrote a review Dec 2021
London, England, United Kingdom30 contributions6 helpful votes
Amazing whale shark tour with Afro’s team. We spent about an hour finding the sharks, and then two hours swimming with a pair of them. Such an amazing experience. Guide was good, boat also good, pick up from hotel and coffee before boat ride was much appreciated too. I’d highly recommend :)…
Date of experience: December 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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Alice S wrote a review Nov 2021
Lund, Sweden602 contributions286 helpful votes
We chose to go with Afro to snorkle with the whale sharks. They had a decent price and seemed to have good reviews. We started with getting mask and snorkle, and we insisted on trying it before we went on the boat. We were a group of 8 going out together. We found a whaleshark after maybe 30 minutes on the ocean, and then shortly after another. The second one stayed with us for almost 1.5 hour. Very cool. I think we could have kept going with the shark but the crew called it a day and headed back home a bit earlier than I would have liked. We got some watermelon and snacks on the way back. All in all a very cool experience and of cours hard to put a value for money stamo on but I have to say that cannot understand why it is so expensive. …
Date of experience: November 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.