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Chumbe Island

Chumbe Island is an award-winning private nature reserve. It is located only a few kilometers off the south-west coast of Zanzibar Island, near Stone Town. The reserve includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve. It harbours rare wildlife, a visitor and education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature walks and historical monuments. All buildings and operations are based on eco-technology aiming at zero impact on the environment.

This is where you stay!

Accommodation on Chumbe Island is – in many aspects – something really special. It’s what Robinson Crusoe could only have dreamt about!

The island’s guest lodges have been constructed in an eco friendly way. The guest houses are designed to have near zero impact on the environment of Chumbe Island. The technology includes rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy, solar water heating, composting toilets and vegetative greywater filtration. During your stay you can be sure that you are keeping the island pristine. And since there are only seven bungalows, the island is never crowded, even when fully booked, because the seven bungalows are so brilliantly designed that they provide both privacy and a sense of freedom of living in the open. All bungalows overlook the sea and it takes just 30 seconds to stroll from the comforts of your bungalow hammock to feeling the warm tropical ocean lapping at your feet.

Please note that Chumbe Island is closed every year between April 1st and June 3rd.

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That's what Chumbe Island is all about!

  • snow white beach
  • privacy
  • only 7 bungalows
  • eco friendly
  • can be easily reached from Stone Town
  • 2019 “Best of Africa” award

Activities on Chumbe Island

  • Tours through the rainforest
  • Coconut crab hike
  • Exploration of the island
  • Guided tours on top of the coral reef
  • Visit to the historic lighthouse
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Relaxing

Chumbe Island Facts

  • 55 hectar
  • 6 km south-west of Zanzibar
  • 30 km from the mainland of Tanzania
  • 45 min boat ride from Stone Town

How to get there?

In order to reach Chumbe Island you have to take a boat from Stone Town in Zanzibar.