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01 Nov Local Economy and Village Life

The majority of Mafia inhabitants live in small villages scattered along the coast and interior of Mafia Island itself and on the other islands nearby (Chole, Jibondo, Juani and Banja). Typically villagers have a number of sources of income and subsistence: fishing amongst the members…

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27 Oct Birds of the Mafia Archipelago

by  Dudley B. Iles B.Sc.   INTRODUCTION   During the last twenty years, there has been a steady increase in numbers of Europeans and Americans spending their vacations in Africa. Amongst the usual reasons for taking holidays, many tourists have an underlying curiosity to experience…

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17 Oct The Dive Sites at Mafia Island

THE DIVE SITES We are indebted to FRONTIER Tanzania for some of the information in the text which follows. Their report on the diving in Mafia – The Guide to the Diving of Mafia Island: an Unexplored Paradise – is in the Kinasi library. Chole…

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20 Sep Last Century in Mafia Island

The inhabitants of Mafia are recorded in the Kilwa Chronicles as the Mwera, who were ruled SongoSongo by Muslim settlers (Yemeni?) prior to the arrival of Bashat. But what of the first 1,000 years AD? Who were the people and what was the government of…

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03 Oct Mafia Island for the newbie

There are wonderful quiet and serene locations all over the world which are lesser known to the public. And yet out of all the wonderful places you can visit, it’s the unknown ones which probably ought to be experienced. Who needs Paris when you have…

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