Chumbe Island is an award-winning paradise! An accurate description would be Robinson Crusoe meets twenty-first century technology, and although this may sound like a peculiar combination it makes for a fantastic, relaxing and utterly luxurious holiday in some of Tanzania's most beautiful scenery. The attractions of Chumbe Island include some of the best snorkelling available in the Zanzibar archipelago, exclusive private beaches, a forest reserve containing duiker and coconut crabs and a lighthouse offering superb views.
Chumbe Island is really famous for its amazing ventures into the world of sustainable eco-tourism, combined with high levels of luxury and exclusivity. The seven bungalows all have a views of the beach and Indian Ocean, and all have self-contained bathrooms with running hot and cold water. Each bungalow captures its own freshwater supply from the specially-designed roof during the rainy season. The water is then carefully filtered and stored in underground cisterns below each bungalow. The water is then hand-pumped through a solar-powered heating system into hot & cold-water containers to supply the shower and basin in the bathroom.
Chumbe Island has many more remarkable and effective ecologically sound methods of dealing with everyday issues, and prides itself on its integration into the surrounding habitat. The lodge also runs education programs for local schoolchildren, building on environmental awareness and sustainability. A trip here is an excellent relaxing end to a Tanzania safari, as well as an eye-opening look at how luxury can be achieved with minimal environmental impact.