is a small forested island just a few kilometres to the south of
Zanzibar Stone town. It is at the center of a small marine conservation
area and is the site of a small and exclusive lodge.


are just seven of these fabulously wierd constructions, for a maximum of
around 14 guests, so the island never feels busy, even when full. The
bandas are reasonably well spaced, although could have been farther
apart for our liking, but do nonetheless give a real feeling of being
out in the wilds. All of the rooms look out towards the sea and it takes
just thirty seconds to stroll from the comforts of your hammock to
feeling the warm tropical ocean lapping at your feet. We had a slight
preference for the last two bandas, which give a greater sense of
privacy. Built from palm thatch and other natural materials, these
constructions have a light, airy feel. All rooms are equipped with
double or twin mattresses on the floor of the mezzanine sleeping area,
accessed by a ladder. Beds can be made up as a double or two twins.
There are self-contained bathrooms with hot and cold water shower, large
living rooms equipped with handmade furniture and decorated with African
art and colourful fabrics … and very comfortable hammocks


Last, but not least, enjoy the classic Zanzibari cuisine – a delicious
blend of Arabian, Indian and African ingredients, specialising in
seafood and tropical fruits and always offering vegetarian choices.
Dinner is often taken outside under the clear and scintillating night
skies, however, eating under the high cathedral roof of the visitors’
centre is also an experience not to be forgotten. Chumbe really is most
special – it offers the warmest of welcomes, the most soothing of
ambiences, yet the guest is helping to protect this ecologically
important site.


(in adjacent reefs)

, Nocturnal tracking of rare coconut crab

, Excursions – e.g.. Stone Town, spice gardens and Jozani Forest, All
electricity is solar powered
Composting loos
, 7 bungalows facing beach with balconies, hammocks, sea view from bed,
and Visitors’ center with attractive exhibits and library.


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