Chumbe Island

Surrounded by protected coral reefs with staggering diversity, Chumbe Island is at the heart of a beautiful, but fragile ecosystem. Here, environmental sustainability is key, with just seven eco-bungalows providing low-key accommodation on the island.

90% of the island remains covered by endemic trees - forming one of the last surviving tropical dry forests on Zanzibar. This protected reserve provides a habitat for numerous bird species and reptiles, as well as the endangered Ader's duiker antelope.

Why We Like Chumbe Island

Forget infinity pools and private butlers; Chumbe is the antithesis of chic and opulent. But it offers a remarkable desert island experience that is unspoilt by the trappings of modern life – an eco-retreat in its truest form.

Activities

Relax on the white coralline beaches or step into the sea and snorkel off the reef that encircles the island - home to 90% of the coral diversity found in the region. On the island, explore marked trails that wind their way through the forest reserve and along the beaches. Visit the historical buildings that dot Chumbe, including a lighthouse and mosque.

Facilities

Chumbe Island’s seven eco-bungalows are cool and comfortable, with steep-sided palm roofs. African artwork and handmade furniture decorate the interior, which is split into two levels. The bedroom sits above a relaxed living area, complete with hammock. The attached bathroom features a composting toilet and solar-powered shower, whilst all water is collected from rainwater.

Location

Chumbe Island is positioned off Zanzibar’s southwestern tip, around 10 kilometres south of Stone Town and opposite the village of Chukwani.

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