ABOUT THE ISLAND

Nestled within Tanzania's Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, opposite the Rufiji River Delta and the Selous National Park, Thanda Island is 5.5 hectares in size, 1,100 metres in circumference and 350 metres wide. It is 16 nautical miles or 30 kilometres 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, you 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 there are several options for the transfer to Thanda Island. These include 4, 6 or 8 seat helicopters which take 30 to 45 minutes. There is also the option of a 30-minute fixed-wing transfer in an 8 or 12 seat plane to Kilindoni and then a short boat ride of approximately 30-minutes to the island.

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Partnership with VistaJet

Reaching Thanda Island can now be seamless and safer than ever before. In an exclusive partnership with VistaJet, the first and only global private aviation company, guests now have access to a fleet of over 70 distinctive silver and red aircraft from over 96% of the globe.  
 
Embark safely on board and enjoy the ultimate cabin experience. VistaJet understands that every flight is unique, so they take care of every detail to ensure passengers enjoy a tailored and unparalleled service. With unrivaled service as standard, every VistaJet flight has a Cabin Hostess, trained by the British Butler Institute, Norland Nanny College and the Wine and Education Trust.  Passengers can enjoy private dining created in partnership with some of the world’s most renowned restaurants and request VistaJet’s Wine Program experience* while children enjoy extraordinary, tailored entertainment*.
 
VistaJet, Thanda’s preferred private aviation partner, places the safety, security and wellbeing of its customers and staff above all else. VistaJet's award-winning safety adheres to and surpasses the most rigorous standards in the world. With a global team of over 1,000 aviation experts, every detail is looked after ensuring a seamless and safe experience. 
 
Flying private made simple. Embark on your VistaJet journey now. 
 
To enquire, simply email ThandaIsland@vistajet.com or call 1 (800) 683-8567 and reference Thanda Island. 
 
* Subject to availability. At least one weeks notice required to make a booking

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