Chumbe Island

Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. (CHICOP) is an award-winning private nature reserve that was developed from 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island off Zanzibar, one of the last pristine coral islands in the region.

The park includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve that harbour extremely rare and endangered animals, a visitor and education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature trails and historical ruins.

All buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology aiming at zero impact on the environment.

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

Firstly, the bungalows themselves are brilliantly designed in that they provide both privacy and a sense of freedom of living in the open. Many guests find these bungalows exceptionally romantic (honeymooners love them), but any individual with a passion for natural beauty will find these bungalows captivating.

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.

Each bungalow is equipped with double or twin beds in the sleeping area under a palm thatched roof, a self-contained bathroom with hot & cold shower, large living room equipped with handmade furniture and decorated with African art and colourful fabrics, and very comfortable hammocks.

Since there are only seven bungalows, the island never gets crowded, even when fully booked.

Prices include everything except alcoholic drinks. All the food, soft drinks, snacks, park fees, park ranger services like forest walks, guided snorkelling on the reef (with all equipment provided), scheduled boat transfers back and forth to the island are all included.

Dining takes place under the impressive roof of the visitor’s centre, which overlooks the sea between Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania. Chumbe’s 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.

Lots of activities are waiting for you on and around Chumbe Island. Explore the nature reserve and its beauties under the competent guidance of the park rangers, or at your leisure. A network of nature trails criss-cross the southern part of the virgin coral rag forest that covers about 90% of Chumbe.

The reserve includes a reef sanctuary, which has become the first gazetted marine park in Tanzania. Snorkel through the unique shallow waters. If you’re not quite sure about your snorkelling skills: the experienced rangers provide excellent tuition.

Explore historical monuments including the Chumbe Lighthouse, built in 1904 by the Sultan of Zanzibar and the British, or perhaps just allow yourself a lazy day watching dhows and outrigger boats go by.