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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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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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24 Aug Turtles in Mafia Island

Tanzania has five species of turtle: the Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Green (Chelonia mydas), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Leatherback (Demochelys coriacea) and the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea). In Mafia one will often see the Hawksbill while snorkelling and diving, and the much larger Greens (up to 1.5m)…

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