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Thanda Group: Global Triumph at World Travel Awards 2023

Thanda Group has announced that it won two World Leading awards at the Grand Finale of the 30th annual World Travel Awards for its private island located off the coast of Tanzania and its safari offering in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Thanda Group won two prestigious ‘World’ categories, the World’s Leading Exclusive Private Island 2023 for Thanda Island in Tanzania and the World’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2023 for Villa iZulu at Thanda Safari in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The World Travel Awards Grand Finale Gala ceremony 2023, held at Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab on 1 December 2023, announced the winners.

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Prestigious Recognition

Globally recognised as the most prestigious ’honours programme’ in travel and tourism, the annual World Travel Awards Finale Gala ceremony is a significant travel and tourism event of the year that brings together the leading industry figureheads and VIPs from around the world.

Winners of the World Travel Awards are voted for, and by, travel and tourism professionals and leisure travel consumers worldwide. These accolades recognise the commitment to excellence that travel organisations have demonstrated in the last twelve months.

On behalf of Thanda’s owners Christin and Dan Olofsson of Malmo, Sweden, I would like to congratulate the leadership team that represented Thanda, Antigone Meda, our long-standing General Manager of Thanda Island and Imani Mwakosya, Hospitality Manager of Thanda Island as well as Promise Hlongwane, Guest Relations Manager at Thanda Safari and Bronwyn Smith, Head of Sales for Thanda Group, who all attended the prestigious event at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Pierre Delvaux CEO of Thanda Group


“Thanda has become synonymous with fantastic service excellence where staff always go the extra mile to ensure that guests leave as friends with the greatest of memories. Both Thanda Island and Villa iZulu at Thanda Safari – Private Game Reserve are exceptional world-class products whose teams make magic and whose guests have become used to experiencing the “WOW FACTOR” that makes them return time and time again.

I would like to thank all Thanda staff who contribute towards making this recognition possible, as well as The World Travel Awards whose voters continue to recognise these two unique destinations.”

Both Thanda Safari and Thanda Island are located within their own private reserves. Together with a strong community and conservation commitment, they offer discerning guests a wide variety of expert-led wildlife and marine-based activities, including the opportunity to participate in their respective conservation initiatives.

Thanda Island & Thanda Safari

Thanda Island, Nestled within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, this property provides absolute exclusivity for families and friends to enjoy on a sole-use basis. Combining laidback tropical beach-house living with outdoor ocean adventures, the property boasts a five-bedroom villa, two beach chalets, a glass rim-flow swimming pool, a boat house filled with water activity equipment, a tennis court, a fully equipped gym, a yoga deck, and an outdoor cocktail bar. Furthermore, guests can enjoy a range of activities, from swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding to yoga, tennis, and cocktails.

Thanda Safari offers an authentic South African wildlife experience with excellent game viewing all year round. Big Five game drives, specialised bush walks, and wildlife conservation activities, while the Zulu cultural tours into the rural communities provide meaningful insight and a rewarding African experience. If you’re looking for a truly luxurious safari experience, Villa iZulu is the perfect option for you. This exclusive-use villa can accommodate up to 10 guests in its five stunning suites.

In addition to its well-appointed bedrooms, Villa iZulu boasts an impressive array of amenities. These include a library/cigar lounge, wine cellar, playroom, heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and outdoor boma. With its own helicopter pad, guests can arrive in style and convenience. The villa is fully serviced and staffed by a dedicated team of professionals. Set within a beautiful, fully fenced garden, this magnificent 900sqm villa offers an unforgettable safari experience that is sure to leave you feeling pampered and rejuvenated.

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