Thanda Awards & Accolades

Thanda Island is the proud recipient of six prizes in a row. They were the honored winners of the prestigious World Travel Awards Africa Gala Ceremony for World’s Leading Luxury Island from 2016 to 2021.

Thanda Island, located in Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve and encircled by its own coral reef, is one of the world’s most private luxury islands. The Island, which is eight hectares in size, one kilometer in diameter, and 350 meters broad, has just one private home with five rooms and two classic Tanzanian Bandas and is a haven to enjoy in full privacy with family and friends. Depending on the season, visitors may swim with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and observe turtles breeding and hatching their eggs.

Awards: World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island

  • World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2020
  • World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2019
  • World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2018
  • World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2017
  • World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2016

Awards: Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2021

  • Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2021
  • Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2020
  • Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2019
  • Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2018
  • Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2017

What Makes Thanda Island Different

Marine conservation is central to the Island’s offerings, and visitors are invited to participate in a variety of programs, such as marine animal monitoring or awareness seminars with locals on adjacent Mafia Island. Guests may recuperate and enjoy a choice of water sports or island activities while exploring this wonderful resort, where turquoise colours pervade the days and tropical smells pervade the evenings.

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