Destinations

Chumbe Island Lodge

About Chumbe Island Lodge, Zanzibar

On the diminutive coral island of Chumbe, about 6 miles off the coast of Zanzibar; this is a stunning location to relax after your wildlife safari in Africa. Once a Tanzanian military base with restricted ocean access, the coral here remains quite untouched and an astonishing place to explore.

Sat on the heart of the tiny island itself, the remarkable lodge is far removed from your idea of an ‘island resort’ or an ‘eco-hotel’. 

The lodge’s eco-design is award winning and totally unique, taking the idea of using local materials to a new level entirely.

Lodge Details

Style

Rustic accommodation made from local materials.

Setting

On the tiny coral island of Chumbe, accessible via a 6 mile boat ride from Zanzibar Town.

Accommodation & Facilities

Thatched bungalows shelter in the woods surrounding the main area, which resembles the Sydney Opera House in shape. There are 7 bungalows in total, meaning that even when the lodge is fully booked, there is never a crown on the island. One of the bungalows is one storey high; the other six are over two storeys. Bungalows spread over two storeys have a large bedroom on the top floor; you can even open it out on one side to keep it open to the night when you sleep. On the lower floor you will find a bathroom, lounge and a hammock.

There is no ground water here, so each bungalow has been designed to catch, filter and store their own rainwater. They are lit by solar power at night, and also use solar power to heat the shower (which, of course, uses the rainwater). You don’t even need to worry about your shower water seeping into the eco-system as the organic soaps provided will wash down the drain, along with your water, to a sealed flower bed, where specific plants soak up the damaging nitrates and phosphates.

Dining

Meals are taken in the main area and there is no menu, rather a delicious array of food provided so you can have a bit of whatever you like. Dinner is by candlelight in the dining room, and breakfast and lunch are usually on the terrace, overlooking the sea. At dawn you will be bought hot tea and coffee.

Activities

The snorkelling here is excellent, with coral reefs to explore or you can head out on a forest walk to witness the outstanding secrets of the island. The bird-watching is also good here, or you can go hiking, swimming or scuba diving, or even just relax at your bungalow. Day trips to Stone Town, the Spice Gardens and Jozani Forest are also available.

Child Policy

Children are welcome here, especially those with a keen interest in nature and wildlife.

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