The Ultimate Jabali Private House & Thanda Island

8 Days: Ruaha National Park And Thanda Island

Combining 3 nights at Jabali Private House and 4 nights at Thanda Private Island

Day 1: Overnight at Jabali Private House, Ruaha National Park

On arrival at Dar es Salaam airport, take the morning light aircraft flight to the remote Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania. Enjoy views of the meandering Great Ruaha River as you come in to land, and meet your private safari guide from Jabali Private House who will be with you for the duration of your safari. Enjoy a leisurely game drive back to the house and settle in here with some refreshing drinks and enjoy lunch on the deck overlooking the valley of baobabs.

Spend the heat of the day sleeping in the shade or relaxing by the plunge pool before going out on an afternoon game drive to explore this wildlife-rich park, seeking out leopard, lion, elephant and much more with your expert guide. This evening gather your group together to enjoy drinks under the spectacular African stars before enjoying a beautiful dinner cooked by your private chef.

Jabali Private House

Offering complete exclusivity to families or friends travelling together, Jabali Private House offers the height of sophistication in this remote safari setting. Built around three baobab trees, the house comes staffed with your own expert safari guide and vehicle, chef and staff to look after your every need.

Built on one expansive deck, there are two master bedrooms each with an en-suite bathroom with outdoor shower, and a children’s twin bedroom to the back of the house with its own en-suite bathroom with indoor shower.

The living space is open plan and makes the most of the views out onto the baobab valley, with plenty of comfortable sofas to lounge in and a sun deck with private plunge pool. Dining is a highlight here, with a private chef creating culinary delights accompanied by a hand-picked collection of wines, enjoyed either indoors or outdoors depending on the weather and your preference.

Jabali Private House Exterior

Day 2 – 3: Overnight at Jabali Private House, Ruaha National Park

Spend your days on safari enjoying game drives and guided walking safaris with your expert private safari guide from Jabali Private House. Activities focus on the early to mid morning and the late afternoon to early evening when the wildlife is most active, leaving the heat of the day to relax in the privacy of the house, enjoying the pool and lounge area, or having a massage in the privacy of your room.

Full day game drives with a picnic lunch can also be arranged – you have the flexibility to decide how each day unfolds with your guide. A walking safari will offer a lovely contrast to the game drives, the chance to stretch your legs and gain a wider understanding of how the whole ecosystem of Ruaha fits together.

Your guide knows Ruaha like the back of his hand, ensuring you the best possible safari experience in this unspoiled gem of a national park. One tenth of the world’s lion population lives in this park, as well as good numbers of leopard, cheetah and some more unusual species such as sable antelope and lesser kudu.

Watching elephants on a game drive in Ruaha National Park
Jabali Private House Accommodations

Day 4: Overnight at Thanda Private Island, Mafia Island

There is time for a final morning game drive before you fly out to the unspoilt Thanda Private Island off the coast of Mafia Island in the Indian Ocean. A representative from Thanda Island will meet you here and transfer you by boat across to the island where you will be greeted and orientated to your new home.

The entire island is your playground for the next four nights, with a beautiful private house, 8 hectares of island to explore, a kilometre-long stretch of pristine beach and a reef bursting with marine life to explore on snorkeling or diving trips.

Thanda Private Island

Located south of Zanzibar, and off the coast of Mafia Island in the southern waters of Tanzania, Thanda Private Island is an idyllic coastal retreat. Built as a sophisticated home for a Swedish family, it is now available to hire on an exclusive use basis, offering an extravagant beach house experience fully staffed with everyone from a bartender to a diving and fishing guide.

There are five en-suite bedrooms, chic living spaces both indoors and outdoors, a glass rim-flow swimming pool and large deck. The facilities are abundant, with a yoga sala, spa treatment beds, gym, tennis courts, bonfire pits, copper beach bath tubs, an indoor aquarium and even a Steinway grand piano.

Thanda Private Island Beach House

Day 5 – 7: Overnight at Thanda Private Island, Mafia Island

Spend your days at Thanda Private Island completely unwinding in the pristine environment, sipping on beautiful wines and indulging in spa treatments and yoga. If you prefer a more active beach stay, there is plenty to keep you busy here, too, from birding walks to snorkelling and diving trips, big game fishing, kayaking, and sailing.

The reefs surrounding the island and greater Mafi a Archipelago offer some of the best diving in East Africa, and the expert guides are there to tailor your excursions to your abilities. Whale sharks spend time in the waters around these islands between late October and March, and the chance to swim with these gentle giants of the sea is unforgettable.

Thanda Private Island Beach House with Pool
View from Thanda Private Island Beach House

Day 8

You will say your goodbyes to the team at Thanda Private in time for your light aircraft flight to Dar es Salaam where Island today, making your way by boat across to Mafia Island your adventure ends.


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