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Chumbe Island: Interesting Facts
Chumbe Island: In depth
Chumbe Island Lodge is located on Chumbe Island itself, 13 km to the south west of Stone Town. Stone town is a 20 minute flight from Dar es Salaam. Being so close to Stone Town, however, does affect the whole remote feel of the lodge.
The main lodge is built in an abstract design, with an enormous makuti roof structure that hangs down on all four sides for sides of the cross shaped roof. Chumbe prides itself on being beyond eco-friendly, sometimes referred to as Chumbe eco-resort, although it bears no resemblance to a resort at all.
Chumbe has one smaller bungalow and six double storey bungalows. The ground floor is the bathroom and living area and the top floor is the bedrooms. The bathroom is extremely eco with long drop toilets, not for those looking for luxury. The water is all solar heated and is rain water which gets passed through a local filtering system and pumped up.
Snorkelling is what makes Chumbe stand out from the rest. Although the majority of the island doesn’t have good beaches, Chumbe is blessed with a good stretch of lovely white sand. There is no diving or fishing here, but you can arrange all dolphin trips and other activities from the lodge.
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