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Chumbe Island Lodge, Zanzibar

The whole of Chumbe Island is a nature reserve surrounded by incredible coral gardens.

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About Chumbe Island Lodge


Chumbe Island accommodation is designed in the tradition of Robinson Crusoe. The bungalows themselves are so brilliantly provide both privacy and the sense of freedom of living in the open. Guest often comment that the bungalows are exceptionally romantic and honeymooners love them. Any individual with a passion for natural beauty will find the bungalows captivating. All bungalows overlook the sea with easy access to the beach. They are equipped with double or twin beds in the sleeping area under the palm-thatched roof, self-contained bathrooms with hot & cold shower, large living rooms, equipped with handmade furniture and decorated with African art and colourful fabrics. Hammocks are a mandatory feature of the bungalows at Chumbe.
There are only seven bungalows so the island never gets crowded, even when we are fully booked. This ensures that the staff find the time to give guest all the service and attention they deserve to maximize their peaceful and relaxing holiday.

Dining takes place under the impressive roof of the visitors' centre, which overlooks the sea between Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania. The chefs provide an abundant supply of mouth-watering dishes that are a mixture of Zanzibarian, Arabic, Indian and African tastes and satisfy both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Eco-friendly Bungalows
Being a Marine Protected Area (MPA), the focal aim of the Chumbe Island Coral Park Project is to preserve Chumbe Island's exceptional environment. Therefore the bungalows have been built based on state-of-the-art eco-architecture and eco-technology. As there is no ground water source in the rocky substrate of the island, each bungalow collects its own freshwater supply from rainwater (captured from the specially designed expanse of roof) during the rainy season. This rainwater passes through a complex filtration system and is stored in spacious underground cisterns (under each living room). The water is then hand-pumped through a solar-powered heating system into hot & cold-water containers for the shower and hand basin in the bathroom. The used water from showers and basins is filtered through particulate filters, ending in specially sealed plant beds so that no polluted water will seep into the Reef Sanctuary. These beds are planted with species that are demanding in water and nutrients, and therefore easily absorb any remaining nitrates and phosphates.

Lights are powered by photovoltaic panels on the roof that provide ample environmentally friendly 12V energy for normal usage.
The open design of the bungalows, with minimal barriers to the open air, allows for maximum through-draft for cooling of the bungalows; a form of natural air-conditioning. To enhance this, louvres are in place that can be lowered or closed depending on the desired temperature.