Chumbe Island Coral Park – Bungalow Overview
The beautiful environmental haven of Chumbe Island is home to 7 eco-bungalows constructed in accordance to state of the art eco-architecture and includes rainwater catchment, vegetative grey water filtration, composting toilets, solar water heating and photovoltaic power generation. The walkways, nature trails and beach areas are not artificially illuminated at night – a measure taken to protect feeding and breeding patterns of nocturnal animals. For guests, individual solar powered torches are available on request.
Photo by Monolo Yllera
Chumbe Island Coral Park
Back in the early 1990’s Sibylle Riedmiller, a former overseas development worker identified, identified the uninhabited Chumbe island in Zanzibar as most suitable for the establishment of a marine protected area. (MPA), the western fringing coral reef was incredibly diverse and also shallow enough to be used for environmental education programs. From 1991 to 1994, Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd (CHICOP) successfully negotiated with the semi-autonomous government of Zanzibar that the western coral reef and all forest cover of Chumbe Island to be gazetted as a MPA. This MPA would be be managed by CHICOP, a limited company established for that purpose, becoming the first managed marine park in Tanzania and what is considered to be the first private MPA in the world. Ecotourism operations started in 1998 with the intention to develop a financially sustainable model of MPA management through revenue generated from ecotourism, this made CHICOP the first financially self-sustaining MPA in Africa and beyond.
The 7 eco-bungalows on Chumbe Island are closely monitored in order to minimise any environmental impact and the island is a rare example of a still pristine coral island ecosystem in an otherwise heavily overfished and overexploited area, its also home to a number or rare wildlife species. Each bungalow collects it own freshwater supply from rainwater during the rainy season and after passing through a filtration process the water is hand-pumped through a solar-powered heating system into hot and cols water for use in the bathroom. Lights are power by photovoltaic panels on the roof that provide ample environmentally friendly 12v energy for normal usage. The open design of the bungalows allows for maximum through-draft for cooling of the bungalows; a form of natural air cooling.
Guests are able to dine in open-air terraces overlooking the Indian Ocean in the afternoon, then under palm trees and stars in the evening. Talented chefs prepare mouthwatering dishes that are a mixture of Zanzibarian, Arabic Indian and African cuisine. Fresh local seafood, meat, vegetables and fruits are used to create some of the most delicious dishes on Zanzibar which satisfy both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
To learn more about Chumbe Island Coral Park, please visit – www.chumbeisland.com