Thanda Island's Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO YOU GET TO THANDA ISLAND?
International guests fly to Dar es Salaam (daily flights to Dar es Salaam by KLM, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Swiss International Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines). From Dar es Salaam airport guests can fly with Thanda Island’s private helicopter (35 mins fyling time) directly to Thanda Island. Alternatively, guests can fly with a fixed-wing plane to Mafia Island (30 mins flying time) and then transfer by Thanda Island private vessel to Thanda Island (60 mins boat transfer).
WHAT IS THE BEST CURRENCY TO TAKE TO TANZANIA?
All major currencies are accepted. USD, EURO, GBP
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT TANZANIA?
All year round except April and May due to long rains.
IS MAFIA ISLAND A SAFE PLACE TO VISIT?
DOES THANDA ISLAND OFFER COMPLIMENTARY AIRPORT TRANSFERS?
Yes, however, that depends on the booking specifications. All bookings that are a 5-night stay or longer include complimentary airport transfers.
WHAT IS THE CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT TIME?
We don’t have fixed check-in /out times as this changes depending on the season and booking requirements.
CAN WE BOOK A SPECIFIC ROOM?
No, Thanda Island is available on an exclusive use basis, which means that the booking is valid for the entire island and not just accommodation.
IS A PCR TEST REQUIRED FOR TANZANIA?
WHAT IS THE CHILD POLICY AT THANDA ISLAND?
Children of all ages are welcome. Our youngest guest was 6 months old.
WHAT IS THE TIME ZONE?
WHAT LANGUAGE DO THE LOCALS SPEAK ON MAFIA ISLAND?
DO WE HAVE TO QUARANTINE WHEN WE ARRIVE ON THE ISLAND?
DO YOU ORGANISE ANYTHING SPECIAL FOR HONEYMOONERS?
Yes we do. Each holiday on Thanda Island is fully bespoke, and we create itineraries and experiences based on the guest’s preferences.
IS THERE WIFI AT THE RESORT?
Yes, 20mbit speed
IS THE WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
We have our own desalination plant which allows for our water to be safe to drink. However, out of precaution, we always advise our guests to drink the bottled water that we provide on the island
ARE THERE MOSQUITOS ON THE ISLAND?
No, the island is in a low-risk area for malaria. The island is also fumigated
ARE THERE MOSQUITO NETS IN THE ROOMS?
IS THERE A DRESS CODE AT THANDA ISLAND?
DOES THANDA ISLAND CATER FOR SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS?
Yes. Guests are encouraged to fill in the preference form prior to arrival so that our Chef and his team can prepare a menu ahead of guest’s arrival.
WHAT IS THE MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE LIKE AT THE RESORT?
WHAT KIND OF ELECTRICAL SOCKETS DO YOU HAVE IN THE ROOMS?
DOES THE RESORT OFFER BABYSITTING SERVICES?
Yes, babbysitting services can be arranged upon request.
ARE THERE MEDICAL FACILITIES AT THE RESORT?
Not on the island. The island has an extensive medical kit with EpiPens, AED, painkillers, general antibiotics, and our entire team has been trained in first aid. The island has an on call emergency doctor and medivac in place.
IS THERE A FITNESS CENTRE AT THE RESORT?
Yes, a fully equipped gym is available on the island. Apart from the gym, the island also has a boathouse with water sports equipment that is available to guests. Water sports instructors are also available on the island to provide assistance and training when required.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
Cash, VISA, MASTERCARD & AMERICAN EXPRESS
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
On cancellation of a confirmed reservation, the following cancellation fees will apply. On cancellation of a confirmed reservation, a cancellation fee will apply. It is as follows:
- Cancellation 90+ days prior to arrival Loss of deposit, 25% of total accommodation fee
1. WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE ISLAND?
Thanda Island offers beautiful, warm, tropical weather. Rain showers are mostly short, followed by sunshine, bringing a wonderful renewal and freshness to the environment.
Here is a short weather guide for you:
June to October: Beautiful weather; it’s hot and humid with short rain showers and plenty of sunshine. The perfect season to spend at a luxury, private resort.
July to mid-September: This is the time of the south-easterly Kusi trade winds.
November: The weather is mostly good with short rain showers (known as ‘vuli’).
December to March: Beautiful weather with short rain showers and the north-easterly Kaskazi trade winds.
April to May: An increase in rainfall with many sunny days between the rains.
Temperatures are wonderfully warm, rather than exessively hot, even though Thanda Island is in the tropics. The temperature ranges from 27 to 31°C. The water temperature ranges from 27 to 29°C.
Thanda Island has a tropical climate with approximately 1,800mm of rain each year, divided into two specific rain seasons: the “long” rains in late April to May and the “short” rains in November.
Thanda Island lies across the trade winds and experiences the northeast (Kaskazi) and southeast (Kusi) trade wind seasons. The Kaskazi usually starts at the end of November and lasts into February. The Kusi is from early July through to mid-September.
2. WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE AN EMERGENCY?
Thanda Island has comprehensive security, first aid and evacuation measures for any emergency.
3. WHAT VACCINES OR HEALTH PRECAUTIONS ARE NEEDED?
Yellow fever vaccine is no longer compulsory for Tanzania. However, we advise you to consult your doctor, health department or travel clinic for the latest health precautions.
We have had no cases of malaria on Thanda Island. However, please be advised by your doctor or health department about the appropriate medication.
4. IS A VISA REQUIRED?
Most nationalities can obtain a tourist visa for Tanzania can be obtained at any point of entry in the country upon arrival. Still, it is advisable to check with the relevant authorities before travelling. Payment of US $50.00 is required for the visa, and it must be paid in cash.
We recommend that you get your visa from the Tanzanian Embassy in your home country before travelling because the visa queues at Dar es Salaam airport can be very long.
5. ARE THERE ANY DANGEROUS ANIMALS ON THE ISLAND?
Thanda Island does not have any animals that could harm people.