Thanda Island Private Marine Reserve

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Thanda Island stretches over 4.5 hectares of tropical paradise, situated within the Island Marine Reserve of Tanzania in East Africa

With its 1.1km in circumference and being 351m wide, this magnificent private island can be found 30km east of the mainland, opposite the Rufiji River Delta.

Thanda Island is accessible by boat or helicopter, coral reefs surround this exclusive island retreat. The Villa Beach House features elegance and luxury in each of its five rooms which offer comfortable, king size beds. Perfect summer holidays in coastal white, green and blue colours, the air-conditioned suites lead directly to the sandy beach. Additional beds for a maximum of nine kids can be added to the bedrooms.

The villa provides a welcoming living area including an indoor aquarium, a Steinway grand piano, a wine collection, a cigar humidor, as well as the glass rim-flow swimming pool and wrap-around dining area. The romantic copper beach baths and the al fresco outdoor barbeque area, the cocktail bar and pizza oven are also beautiful features guests enjoy.

WiFi Internet access and mobile phone reception are available here. A dedicated team looks after guests which include a private Executive Chef, a Hostess, a Housekeeper as well as a Boatman. Booked on an exclusive basis by only one group of guests & friends, Thanda Island is your Private Island, Coral Reef and Villa.

Fantastic activities are available for adults as well as children from exciting water sports such as deep-sea fishing, jet skiing and wakeboarding to fun kids games and relaxing health and spa treatments. Rejuvenating body massages, facials and other treatments are available according to guests requirements. The spa therapists come from nearby Mafia Island who use an excellent spa range of non-allergic products to pamper the body. Enjoying the absolute privacy on the island, guests may enjoy beauty and spa treatments either on the beach, in the suite, or other locations.

Water activities such as diving, swimming, sailing and fishing can be enjoyed all year round. The spectacular and friendly whale shark can be encountered in these waters from October to March either from a boat or by swimming alongside them. The sea turtles at Thanda lay their eggs on the island's beaches at night during May. They hatch in August when leaving to the ocean. Between August and September, whales can be seen in this part of the Indian Ocean making for exciting and remarkable experiences.

The island offers guests a fully equipped 28-foot reef runner cat, a perfect deep-sea boat for guests who wish to enjoy big game fishing nearby Mafia Island. Iconic species are caught in a 'catch and release' basis while other fish can be brought back to The Villa for the chef to prepare for lunch or dinner.

Dining on this private island retreat is an exclusive affair with a great selection of fresh and delicious meals and treats. Ahead of a visit, special dietary requests, as well as menus, are discussed to ensure personal preferences are met. Ranging from fish and seafood to vegetarian meals, game, beef and poultry combined with seasonal vegetables and tropical fruits, guests end of their meals with perfect desserts.

On offer as well are local dishes for guests who wish to experience the best of Tanzanian cuisine. Various dining options are available to meet the needs of guests. Breakfasts on the beach, romantic dinners and bonfires as well as picnics on one of the vast sandbanks in the ocean can all be arranged.


  • Snorkelling
  • Sailing
  • Deep-Sea Fishing
  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaking / stand-up pedal boarding
  • Wakeboarding/tubing/water skiing
  • Beach volleyball
  • Outdoor and indoor games for kids
  • Treadmill
  • Table tennis
  • Spa treatments.


  • Safaris to the Selous Reserve
  • Travel the romantic spice island of Zanzibar
  • Day trip to Dar es Salaam
  • Traverse Mafia Island


  • Large glass rim-flow swimming pool
  • Outdoor baths and showers
  • Copper Beach bathrooms (outdoors)
  • Private beach
  • Outdoor Barbeque and Cocktail Bar
  • Outdoor breakfast Boma
  • Pizza Oven
  • Fireplaces
  • Party pavilion tent
  • Cigar Humidor
  • Spa treatment beds
  • Aquarium with ocean fish
  • Steinway grand piano
  • Wireless Internet
  • Mobile phone network
  • Laundry


  • Air Conditioning
  • Balconies
  • Butler service
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • King size bed
  • Viewing Deck
  • WIFI

Facilities Available at Thanda Island Private Marine Reserve

  • Aquarium
  • Boma
  • Breakfast boma
  • Cigar humidor
  • Cocktail Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor bath
  • Outdoor patio
  • Outdoor shower
  • Piano
  • Pizza oven
  • Sea Views
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
  • Viewing deck

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FAQs about Thanda Island Private Marine Reserve
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at Thanda Island Private Marine Reserve are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

Where about is Thanda Island Private Marine Reserve located?
Thanda Island Private Marine Reserve is located at the following location / address: Thanda Private Island, Shungi Mbili Island, District of Mafia Island.