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Situated on Chumbe Island, in a Marine Protected Area off the coast of Zanzibar, Chumbe Island Coral Park is located in an award-winning private nature reserve founded to preserve the island's exceptional environment. The small, state-of-the-art eco-lodge offers accommodation in unique thatched bungalows situated right on the beach.

Explore the beauty of Chumbe Island in the company of a trained park ranger or you can set out on your own with the help of laminated cards and leaflets available. Snorkel through the shallow water Reef Sanctuary, explore the Forest Reserve or look for historical monuments. Alternatively, allow yourself a lazy day at the beach watching dhows and outrigger boats go by.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 - Top 25 All Inclusive Resorts in Africa - Number 4

highlights

  • Situated in the Chumbe Island Coral Park
  • Just 9km from Stone Town
  • Entire island is a nature reserve
  • State-of-the-art, eco-architecture & technology
  • Small eco-lodge with only seven bungalows
  • Diver's paradise with beautiful coral reefs
  • Ideal location for romantic getaways

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Facilities

Filtered water is pumped through solar-powered heating systems for showers and hand-basins.

Additional solar panels on the roof of the bungalows provide electricity for normal usage.

General Facilities

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    Restaurant
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    Bar

Dining

Meals at the Chumbe Island Coral Park are enjoyed under the impressive roof of the visitor's centre which offers stunning views of the sea between Zanzibar and the mainland.

Dishes are a mixture of local Zanzibarian flavours with Arabic and Indian influences with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

Eco-Bungalow

Chumbe Island Coral Park’s seven double- or twin-bed, en suite eco-bungalows are located between the beach and the forest. Built with local materials such as mangrove poles and coconut-leaf thatch, these private bungalows overlook the sea, and have hot showers and large living areas decorated with African art and colourful fabrics.

To preserve Chumbe Island's exceptional environment, the accommodation features state-of-the-art eco-architecture. These eco-bungalows make use of natural resources to supply you with necessities: rainwater is collected from the roof during the rainy season and stored for use; compost toilets have been installed; the water from the showers is recycled through plant beds; and lights are powered by photovoltaic panels on the roof.

Eco-Bungalow AMENITIES

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    En-suite shower only

Activities

  • Beach activities
  • Guided walks
  • Historical tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
 

Traveller Reviews

  • Chumbe Island ecolodges are actually a great experience and the environment (coral reef, beaches with dramatic changes in low and high tide, mangrove forest) is very well preserved ; and getting to know that part of our money spent there is used to allow local students and teachers to learn what conservation of coral reef really means is part of this experience. Only one remark about food: quality was not so bad, quantity has to be improved.

    Maurizio Zola, September 2011
  • I cannot stop talking about Chumbe Island. What an experience! We saw so many things in the reef walk and the snorkelling was quite good. We loved the eco bungalows and again, the food was great.

    Sharon Enright, September 2009

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"A basic beach camp with an extraordinary environment of reefs, forests and history, in place to preserve and protect so you can enjoy and discover."

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I cannot stop talking about Chumbe Island. What an experience! We saw so many things in the reef walk and the snorkelling was quite good. We loved the eco bungalows and again, the food was great.

Sharon Enright, September 2009 >View more reviews