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 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, 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.


Before settling in to your Bandas Bungalow or Villa you need to get to Thanda Island. To get to the island you fly directly to Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. 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. One is a helicopter transfer directly to the Island which takes approximately 45 minutes. The other one is a 30-minute fixed-wing transfer in an 8 or 12 seat plane to Mafia Island and then a short boat ride of approximately 30-minutes to the island.

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 unrivalled 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.