Mahali Maalum Barefoot Lodge, is a hidden gem nestled on the pristine shores of Tanzania’s breathtaking East Coast. Our secluded ecolodge offers a sanctuary for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. At Mahali Maalum, we believe in living close to the earth, which is why our unique barefoot concept encourages you to shed your shoes, along with your worries, the moment you step onto our soft sandy paths or beach.


Come and immerse yourself in the tranquility of our untouched surroundings, where the only sounds you’ll hear are the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean and the serene whispers of nature. Our eco-friendly approach ensures that your stay not only rejuvenates your spirit but also contributes positively to the environment and local communities. Lounge under a handcrafted beach umbrella, read a good book, play games, take strolls on the beach, explore the rich marine life, or enjoy a sunset yoga session on the deck. Mahali Maalum provides the perfect backdrop for relaxation and reconnection.


Mahali Maalum is a sustainable accommodation experience. The lodge uses solar energy, natural water sources, and has a small organic herb garden. The goal is to create as little environmental impact as possible. The lodge is built from natural, ecologically friendly materials such as coconut leaves, kumba, burlap and bark. The four bush bandas and three beach bungalows therefore effortlessly blend in with the surrounding nature.

We encourage green practices such as using cloth bags, reducing single use plastic, recycling, eating locally grown food, and using your trip to learn about the culture and local flora and fauna of Tanzania.


The restaurant and communal deck area is located right at the ocean’s edge with a beautiful view. Here you will get spoiled with healthy snacks, cold cocktails and amazing cuisine. We prepare magical, hearty and simple dishes from fresh, locally sourced, seasonal and available produce. Vegetarian, pescatarian, a little bit of chicken and red meat, spicy, tasty and beautifully plated for the body, eye and soul – a blend of African and international cuisine cooked with simplicity but lots of care and love. You can expect freshly brewed coffee/tea, juice, seasonal fruit, homemade bread or muffins for breakfast, light lunches, afternoon snacks and a healthy two or three course meal for dinner.


The name MAHALI MAALUM is derived from the local Swahili language and can be translated as “A special place”. A very special place indeed and a unique and unforgettable travel experience.

Join us at Mahali Maalum Barefoot Lodge, a place where you can truly relax, leaving refreshed and ready to face the everyday stresses with renewed energy and a peaceful mind. The beauty of simplicity and the luxury of nature in an undisturbed paradise is waiting just for you.