11 October 2017: Thanda Island and Thanda Safari were the proud winners of three awards at last night’s prestigious World Travel Awards Africa Gala Ceremony 2017, held in Kigali, Rwanda. The exclusive Thanda Island was awarded Africa's Leading Luxury Island title, whilst Villa iZulu, Thanda Safari’s majestic safari villa situated in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province, was named both Africa's Leading Luxury Private Villa as well as South Africa's Leading Luxury Private Villa 2017.
April 2017: Thanda Island has been honoured as one of the best new properties of 2016 with inclusion on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List 2017”. Highly anticipated by globe-trotting consumers and travel industry professionals alike, Condé Nast Traveler’s annual “Hot List” awards are compiled by editors and reporters who comb the globe seeking new properties that stand out as the finest in hospitality as well as where travelers are headed next. The 21st edition of the “Hot List” appears in the magazine’s May 2017 issue, as well as online.
April 2017: Thanda Island was thrilled to welcome the most important of repeat visitors on 2nd April – a female Green Turtle who came ashore to lay her eggs on the beach between the boathouse and the helipad between the hours of 8-12pm.
Due to the endemic illegal fishing practices that had been taking place in the waters around Thanda Island, turtles had not been seen nesting on the island for seven years.
However, over the last year the Thanda Island team had started to regularly see them swimming in the surrounding waters.
They are thrilled that their persistent pleas for increased policing from the Marine Parks Authorities, together with their own presence in the area, has been rewarded.
February 2017: We are delighted to introduce Lara Soldat who has joined the Thanda team as Reservations & Yield Manager bringing with her a wealth of experience.
She started her career working at The Royal Hotel whilst qualifying for an International Diploma in Hospitality Management at the International Hotel School in Durban. Following this, and a number of Front Office and Reservations Manager roles for smaller properties in the region, she went on to gain employment at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge in Ballito as Assistant Front Office Manager and relief Night Auditor.
In 2010 she became part of the opening team for Fairmont Zimbali Resort as Sales Coordinator where she developed her appetite for reports and numbers. Subsequently, Lara was handed the Assistant to the Director of Sales and Marketing role where she focused on system and report building, sales target setting and assisting in market segmentation reports and budgets. From here, and after exploring a few other roles, she became the Assistant Revenue Manager where she oversaw the activities of the Reservations Department and worked with Online Travel Agents.
In 2016 she was chosen to participate in the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Revenue Management Academy and on completion achieved a certificate through eCornell in Hotel Revenue Management.
Having never worked for a safari lodge or an exclusive island, Lara was attracted by the new and exciting challenges it would bring. With her love for analytics and reservations systems she is looking forward to making a valuable contribution to the Thanda Family.
December 2016: Thanda Island was honoured together with Thanda Safari’s multi-award winning Thanda Safari Lodge at the glittering World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2016 held in the Maldives and titled World's Leading Exclusive Private Island. MD of Thanda Tanzania, Pierre Delvaux: "We officially opened Thanda Island last month and having already gained membership into the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World collection, our goal was to position the island as the most exceptional private island experience in the world. This award gives me enormous pleasure and satisfaction that our team in Tanzania can strive to achieve the very best that is on offer in this category of Luxury Private Islands. I also would like to thank our founders and owners, Christin and Dan Olofsson of Malmo, Sweden, for their vision, unwavering commitment to Africa and their exceptional standards and service excellence benchmarks that inspire all of us to strive to be the very best in the world and to offer our guests the most enjoyable and memorable experience of their travels.”