Chumbe Island Coral Park

As Chumbe is an internationally recognized Marine Protected Area and closed forest habitat, it is important that all activities on the island have zero impact on the environment. This includes the Lodge operations, and these eco-bungalows have been specially designed with state of the art eco-architecture and technology; this makes Chumbe a unique example of truly sustainable management of eco-tourism.
NB: Prices include international flights & transfers!

As there is no freshwater source on the island, rainwater is collected using the large expanse of roof during the rainy season. This water passes through, and is cleaned, by a natural filter located at each side of the bungalow, and is then stored in a large cistern underneath the living room. The water is then pumped up through a solar-powered heating system into hot & cold water containers for the shower.

The used water from the showers and sinks passes through particulate filters, chemical filters, and finally into plant beds located in front of each bungalow. These beds are planted with species that are efficient at taking up the phosphates and nitrates in the used water. The beds are completely encased in clay, which ensures that no used water runs into the natural environment.
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Accommodation
Stay in one of the award winning eco-bungalows, all perfectly harmonised with the natural environment.
With private living room and en-suite bathroom, each bungalow has solar-powered lighting, solar heated water and unique catchment systems.
On Chumbe, you can comfortably cast away in simple luxury while knowing that you are not compromising the environment on this specatcular paradise island.

Eco Bungalows:

Being a Marine Protected Area (MPA) the focal aim of the Chumbe Island Coral Park Project is to preserve Chumbe Island’s exceptional environment. Therefore the bungalows have been built based on the state-of-the-art of eco-architecture and eco-technology.
So, what is so special about these Eco-bungalows?
As there is no ground water source in the rocky substrate of the island, each bungalow collects its own freshwater supply from rainwater (captured from the specially designed expanse of roof) during the rainy season. This rainwater passes through a complex filtration system and is stored in spacious underground cisterns (under each living room). The water is then hand-pumped (by either Ali, Juma or Yussuf on the Chumbe Team) through a solar-powered heating system into hot & cold-water containers for the shower and hand basin in the bathroom.
The used water from showers and basins is filtered through particulate filters, ending in specially sealed plant beds so that no polluted water will seep into the Reef Sanctuary. These beds are planted with species that are demanding in water and nutrients, and therefore easily absorb any remaining nitrates and phosphates.
To deal with sewage they have also installed composting toilets. These eco-toilets prevent sewage (from septic tanks) seeping through the porous ground into the Reef Sanctuary, (as this would lead to pollution of the fragile reef ecosystem, encourage algae growth and finally kill coral communities and organisms depending on them). Instead, human waste is quickly decomposed to natural fertilizer when mixed with compost (aerobic composting) in the compost chamber.
To ensure the experience for the client is the same as with any regular toilet, specialized designs have been implemented with wind powered vent pipes and gradient storage so that it feels no different to using a regular toilet; except that composting toilets need no flush water at all, thus they also effectively economize on water.
Lights are powered by photovoltaic panels on the roof that provide ample environmentally friendly 12V energy for normal usage. The open design of the bungalows, with minimal barriers to the open air, allows for maximum through-draft for cooling of the bungalows; a form of natural air-conditioning. To enhance this louvres are in place that can be lowered or closed depending on the desired temperature
Facilities:
  • Restaurant
  • Solar-powered lighting
  • solar heated water
  • Water catchment systems.
  • Visitor centre
  • Eco friendly
  • Room service

Dining

The restaurant overlooks the sea, and serves various dishes inspired by traditional local Zanzibari cuisine which combines influences of Arabic, Indian and African flavours.

Surroundings
When the tide is very low it’s possible to walk all the way around the island, exploring the rock pools where juvenile fish and a myriad of crabs, shellfish, starfish, oysters and other invertebrates exist in the ever-changing environment of the intertidal. At spring tides, upon reaching the north point of the island, take the time to bask on the exposed sandbar providing over a km of pristine beach (but don’t forget to turn back before the tide changes and the sandbar is absorbed back into the ocean). At the south point discover the amazing variety of starfish and explore the small islets where you may be fortunate enough to find Roseate Terns nesting and Fish Eagles battling for territory.
Discover the footpath leading down into a large intertidal pool overgrown with mangroves and shaded by huge baobab trees, where the seawater rises and falls with the tides and where you may observe many creatures adapted to these conditions.

Activities
  • Snorkelling, Nature trails – watch out for:
1. batfishes who have developed the habit of following snorkelers at close range all along the reef (out of curiosity?).
2. the resident hawksbill turtles regularly spotted feeding on the reef. If you imitate the slow flapping movements of her front flippers with your arms while keeping your legs still, she may allow you to accompany her for a long time without showing signs of disturbance.
3. lobsters peeping out from under corals, trying to investigate your presence with their long white feelers.
4. large bluespotted stingrays, apparently believing they are invisible when hiding under a thin layer of sand.
5. Oscar, the 1m potato grouper living in one of the caves, about 5m deep. He is too old to trust humans, so be patient if you’d like to spot him.
6. large, colourful parrotfish wandering about the reef and nibbling on the algae covering the corals with a very audible scratching sound.
7. many more fishes, nearly than 400 species in total; groupers, angel fish, butterfly fish, trigger fish, box fish, sweetlips, unicorn fish, trumpet fish, lion fish, moorish idols … to name but a few.
All of these sites can be seen by snorkelling through this pristine shallow coral refuge and although SCUBA diving within the Chumbe reef sanctuary is not permitted (except for research and filming activities), it is still possible to enjoy diving on the nearby reefs.
  • Historical Monuments:
You can also climb the 131 steps to the top of the Chumbe Lighthouse, built in 1904 by the Sultan of Zanzibar and the British. From the top you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the turquoise seas between Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar, still plied by dhows unchanged for a thousand years. For early risers, reaching the top of the lighthouse at sunrise is a spectacular way to start the day, as the sun appears over the land mass of Zanzibar (Unguja) island, turning the ocean a deep orange and flecking the scenery with spectacular hues. With the arrival of morning the breeze picks up as if on cue, to billow the sails of the flotilla of dhows departing from their village moorings to set sail for the working day.

Packages
Total package price from: R 27 600

Packages are priced per person sharing, inclusive of:

  • International return, economy class flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation for indicated number of nights
  • All meals & soft drinks daily

Prices are a guideline and may vary depending on date, time and class of travel, final rates would be confirmed at time of booking.

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