Chumbe Island Lodge


Chumbe Island, 8kms from Zanzibar

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Chumbe Island Lodge

We are in Robinson Crusoe territory…. a remote and romantic coral island where the surrounding forest and ocean are begging to be explored. This small eco-lodge is aiming at zero environmental impact whilst offering an exceptionally comfortable and relaxing stay.

The small island of Chumbe is a privately-owned nature reserve. The seven comfortable eco-bungalows are the only tourist accommodation on the whole island – so this is all yours! You can completely unwind in this remote setting surrounded by natural beauty, just a few steps from the beach. Resident park rangers will take you exploring in the forest reserve and rock pools at low tide or snorkelling in the exceptionally pristine coral reef, all of which harbour extremely rare and endangered animals.

Times to Go

The most popular times to visit are in the dry season from June to October and from December to February when light rains are possible, though you could come any time except May.

Chumbe Island Lodge highlights

  • Award winning private nature reserve
  • Innovative and acclaimed eco-lodge
  • Snorkelling on the coral reef
  • Guided nature walks in the forest reserve
  • Historic lighthouse with spectacular views over the island and ocean

Chumbe Island Lodge location

Chumbe Island Lodge


  • 7 eco-bungalows
  • Open from June to April
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Zanzibari meals on open-air terraces or under the shade of the palm trees
  • Friendly bar
  • WIFI in the office.


  • Nature treks
  • Coral reef snorkelling
  • Simply chilling
  • Historical monuments

Chumbe Island eco-lodge rooms

There are seven thatched eco-bungalows, each with a double or twin bedroom, a spacious living room and an en-suite shower room.

The rooms overlook the sea and are furnished with local textiles and handmade wooden furniture including a very comfortable hammock.

They are dramatic-looking pieces of architecture, made with a view to capturing sea breezes.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“The eco-lodge is aiming at zero impact on the environment with rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating etc. With the eco-tourism the lodge also is financially and ecologically sustainable whilst supporting research, conservation and offering education for the local people.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.