The Thanda Team is very honoured to have received top accolades at the World Travel Awards. Thanda Island Tanzania won “Africa’s Leading Luxury Island” and Thanda Safari South Africa won both Africa’s and South Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa for our five-bedroom Villa iZulu.
Thanda Island is a truly private tropical island. Situated within southern Tanzania’s Marine Reserve, Thanda offers complete exclusivity for families and friends on a sole-use basis. The Island is accessible by complimentary boat transfer from Mafia Island or helicopter from Dar. Our 20-acre island has a beach-chic villa with five suites and two banda-style huts. Every luxury is on offer, including air conditioning and wireless, a glass rim-flow swimming pool, tennis court, fitness center and yoga pavilion.
All on-island activities are included in the flat nightly rate (snorkelling, sailing, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, water skiing, jet-skiing, wake boarding, tubing, game fishing, day trips to Mafia Island, and more), and there is a scuba program available for a fee. Our certified marine sanctuary is home to whale sharks, dolphins, turtles that nest on island, dugongs, and more. Besides all this, Thanda Island is environmentally sustainable in many ways.
Thanda Safari, located in Kwa-Zulu Natal, offers a diverse safari environment. Thanda, meaning “Love” in Zulu, is a 35,000-acre, privately-owned reserve with three different camps: ThandaSafari Lodge, Thanda Tented, and Villa iZulu. The ThandaFoundation does extraordinary philanthropic work. It was one of the founding members of Project Rhino (conservation) and runs the Star For Life organization (community). Guests can enjoy twice-daily Big Five game drives, bush walks, the children’s Bucks & Bugs Club, a chance to join the conservation team and participate in activities such as rhino monitoring, and improve their photography skills with a complimentary 90-minute lesson.