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6 December 2016 –Thanda Island, one of the few truly private tropical islands in the world, was honoured together with Thanda Safari’s multi-award winning Thanda Safari Lodge at the World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2016 held in the Maldives on Saturday evening.


Located off the coast of Southern Tanzania, Thanda Island was crowned the World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2016 whilst Thanda Safari Lodge, the flagship lodge at its sister game reserve in South Africa was awarded the title of World’s Leading Safari Lodge 2016.


World Travel Awards™ is voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide and these accolades recognise the commitment to excellence which organisations have demonstrated over the last twelve months. The glittering red-carpet Gala Ceremony, regularly referred to as The Oscars of the travel industry, was held before an invited audience of the industry’s leading luminaries and international media.


“Having recently won The Leading Hotels of the World’s ‘Remarkably Uncommon’ Award at their annual convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I am extremely proud of our Thanda Safari team that continue to impress guests, whom they blow away with their exceptional service and the WOW factor” said CEO for Thanda Island and MD for Thanda Safari, Pierre Delvaux. “We officially opened Thanda Island last month and, having already gained membership into the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World collection, our goal was to position the island as the most exceptional private island experience in the world. This award gives me enormous pleasure and satisfaction that our team in Tanzania can strive to achieve the very best that is on offer in this category of Luxury Private Islands. I also would like to thank our founders and owners, Christin and Dan Olofsson of Malmo, Sweden, for their vision, unwavering commitment to Africa and their exceptional standards and service excellence benchmarks that inspire all of us to strive to be the very best in the world and to offer our guests the most enjoyable and memorable experience of their travels”.


Providing absolute exclusivity for families and friends to enjoy on a sole-use basis, the recently opened Thanda Island features just one elegant 5 suite beach villa comprising an impressive glass rim-flow swimming pool, a boat house full of water activities equipment, a tennis court, yoga sala and an outdoor cocktail bar. Off-grid, solar-powered, environmentally sensitive, thoroughly relaxing and lots of fun, Thanda Island is also surrounded by its own private coral reef which can be explored in total seclusion with a snorkel and mask straight from the beach. It also mirrors the conservation and community upliftment successes that Thanda Safari has achieved in South Africa by partnering with government marine agencies and NGO’s on a range of conservation and education programmes in the region.


Known for offering an authentic South African wildlife experience, matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment, Thanda Safari assures an exceptional Big Five African experience. The three accommodation options include Thanda Safari Lodge featuring 9 spacious bush suites shaped like traditional Zulu homesteads with panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve. From here guests enjoy numerous activities, from game drives, specialised bush walks and wildlife conservation activities, to Zulu cultural tours into the rural community along with photographic safaris, further enhancing their African experience.

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