Explore Chole Island
One of the most popular excursions is the Chole Island Tour. We partner with our agents on nearby Chole Island who lead our guests on this community-based and historical journey to the east side of Mafia Island. Weather permitting, the journey from Thanda Island takes about an hour, and includes an experience of a traditional Arab dhow: the sea-going vessel used along this coastline for thousands of years.
Chole Island dates back to the 8th century when Arab traders first settled here and used it as a base, as you can see from the ancient ruins. Guests are welcomed here by the Chole Islanders who are predominantly boat-makers and farmers, growing delicious tropical fruits such as mangos and bananas and a range of root vegetables. The tour includes a visit to a traditional boat-maker where craftsmen carve out wooden boats and dhows by hand, not one power tool in sight.
For every guest who visits the island a modest fee is charged, which is used to pay the teachers at the primary school on the island and to buy books for the children. The Chole Island tour takes approximately two hours, excluding traveling time, and, weather permitting, our chef can accompany you, and cook lunch on a traditional dhow or on a secret, hidden island. We can also include a snorkeling excursion to see the marine life around Chole. We are flexible about all excursions, as this is your time with us, and we can sit with you and create an itinerary just for you.
Explore Mafia Island
Mafia Island is the closest inhabited island to Thanda Island. We can sail you over to Mafia for a day’s exploration of the Eleventh Century ruins, visits to the village communities and traditional boat-building craftsmen who use hand tools and hand-forged nails. Road safaris around Mafia in the island's legendary Landrover taxis are another option. Visit villages famous for their clay pots, ukili mats and coconut plantations.
Explore the legendary Spice Island of Zanzibar
From ancient times, cloves, peppers, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg from India, Indonesia and Malaysia were brought to Zanzibar by wooden dhows sailing the monsoon winds. Spice farming is the mainstay of Zanzibar today. Experience a spice tour and the mystique of the old city of Stone Town. We can arrange a helicopter or fixed-wing charter plane visit or an overnight stay on Zanzibar.
Explore Dar es Salaam
Explore Tanzania’s thriving harbour capital of Dar es Salaam, or ‘Dar’ as it is called, with its colourful mix of African, Arabic, Indian, British and German architecture and culture. Experience the fishermen bringing in their daily catch and shop for intriguing African fabrics and artefacts in the markets. We can arrange a helicopter visit or an overnight stay in Dar.