ABOUT THE ISLANDNestled within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, Thanda Island is 8ha in size, 1,1km in circumference and 350m wide. It is 16 nautical miles or 30km east of the mainland of Tanzania, opposite the Rufiji River Delta, and located between the mainland and Mafia Island. (The name 'Mafia’ is derived from the Arabic morfiyeh, meaning group or archipelago, and from the Swahili mahali pa afya, meaning a healthy dwelling-place.) Thanda Island is 7 degrees south of the equator and in the East African Time Zone, which is one to two hours ahead of the Central European Time Zone. It is surrounded by coral reefs, which protect the Island from massive waves and heavy seas.
Getting to Thanda Island
To get to Thanda Island, guests fly directly to Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam with Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airlines, Etihad Airlines or South African Airways. The following international airlines also fly into the region and use local airlines to fly to Dar es Salaam: Swiss Air and KLM.
On landing at Dar es Salaam, the Thanda Island team will meet you and accompany you through customs, ensuring a smooth, quick entry into this beautiful country. From here, you board either an 8 or 4-seater helicopter and 45 minutes later you land on Thanda Island, right at the villa for the start of your private island adventure. Alternatively, several domestic carriers fly the 30-minute route to Mafia Island's 1.6km tar runway, where the Thanda team will greet you and transfer you to the Island by boat.