Chumbe Island Coral Park 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.
Being a Marine Protected Area (MPA) the lodge is based on state of-the-art eco technology aiming at zero impact on the environment (rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative greywater filtration etc).
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.
All 7 bungallows are equiped with:
- double or twin beds in the sleeping area under the palm thatched roof,
- self-contained bathrooms with hot & cold shower,
- large living rooms, equipped with handmade furniture and
- decorated with African art and colourful fabrics... (and very comfortable hammocks).
When the tide is very low it is possible to walk all the way around the island exploring the rockpools where juvenile fish and a myriad of crabs, shellfish, starfish, oysters and other invertebrates exist in the ever-changing environment of the intertidal.
Since the park was gazetted, having been recognised for its immense beauty and bio-diversity, there has been almost no fishing or un-authorised anchoring in the Chumbe Reef Sanctuary maintaining the reef in a pristine state.
The reef crest, encompassing a spectacular array of hard corals, is shallow (between 1-3m according to tides). Therefore snorkelers can see all those wonders of the underwater world normally only accessible to divers.
If you swim up to the reef ridge the view opens up - shoals of barracuda taking advantage of the abundant prey living on the reef glide by and if you are lucky you may get a chance to see dolphins.