Chumbe Island Lodge

Reviews of Chumbe Island Lodge

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Below are independent comments from 34 of our travellers who have visited Chumbe Island Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs R - Canada
Arrived on: 29-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Chumbe Island Lodge review

WOW!!! that's the only word for this place. It is truly amazing, beautiful and an experience you never forget. The coral and the snorkeling.... just incredible.

We had a candlelit dinner on the sand!! the food was awesome. The people so very nice and the accommodations.... just breathtaking.

My mom found it hot, so if heat is an issue that might be a problem and if you're not a snorkeler maybe you would find it quiet but it was incredible.

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Mopane squirrels
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Back to Robinson Crusoe

A unique experience. Like your very own coral island staying in a banda that Crusoe and Man Friday could have made. Only reservation was the closeness of the long drop toilet to the wash basin and shower. Delicious food. Happy,friendly staff who seemed to enjoy making our stay special.

The snorkelling was the best I have ever experienced.

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Mr and Mrs S. Wiltshire
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chumbe Island Lodge review

Unique difficult to grade rooms as they are not 'standard'!.

Chumbe was something else - beautiful, has a conscience, uber relaxing, unique. 3 nights perfect. You could get away with 2 but may miss the lovely tidal walks as the tidal flow is quite extreme. I would say this is a lovely contrast to Beho Beho.

Took my husband a little time to get used to a composting toilet but they do somehow make this quite quaint.

You don't need a hairdryer - there is no electricity supply in the huts.

They also supply a shower & hair organic cleaner and lemongrass antibug balm so again you don't need to pack loads of this stuff. We didn't get any mossie bites there usually quite breezy which helps. The food was incredible. Hassan the chef does an amazing job with a wide variety of extremely delicious food. Not a hamburger, pizza or chip in sight!

The snorkelling was a really good compromise to diving. The coral gardens are just astonishing with a large variety of marine life so a good interest if you like splashing around.

We did suggest looking at a collaboration with Mwembi to look at luggage deposit so you can just take the essentials whist at chumbe and leave the rest at mwembi. The local ladies make all sorts of recycled and fabric goods so maybe they could make some transfer bags to keep unnecessary weight down? Vera the ops manager in Chumbe was keen to look at this as an option and as Dolf is new in Mwembi feel sure he would be open to looking at mutually beneficial collaborations.

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Mr & Mrs Mackinnon from Manchester
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Absolute Paradise!!

We feel really privelliged to have stayed at Chumbe Island - it's indeed a magical and very special place. Once we stepped off the boat, we couldn't contain our excitement.

The bungalows are amazing and we loved sleeping under the stars with the front open! We are so impressed with the design of the bungalows and how eco-friendly the whole set-up is. The staff were incredibly friendly and service was excellent. Food was delicious and we loved eating out under the stars. In particular the snorkelling was superb - the best we have ever experienced.

Chumbe Island is the most unique place we have ever stayed and it is well worth the expense!!

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The L family from London
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chumbe Island Lodge review

Amazing place for a few days.

Would not stay too long as 'eco tourism' is not always tat confortable.

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The O family from London
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chumbe Island review

This was a great experience, and a complete and relaxing change from the safaris. The staff were great (and it was really good to be somewhere that was Tanzanian-run) and the island and its facilities fantastic.

The accommodation is very good (though don't believe them when they say there are no mosquitoes - there are certainly biting insects) and the location wonderful. The food was also excellent and the guides - and indeed all the staff - very helpful.

The only concern was our departure, on a very windy day which had prevented one boat from reaching the island, with the result that nine passengers and all their luggage piled into one small boat on a very choppy sea, which didn't feel too safe. There probably need to be fall-back arrangements for such times. But overall a wonderful and memorable time.

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Miss S and Mr L - Washington DC
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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CHUMBE IS AWESOME

Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful. Best snorkeling I have ever done. The eco-lodges are clean and comfortable, and ours (#7) had a great view of the ocean. Private and intimate setting.

The food was great, especially the lunches, with fresh seafood every meal. Dinner was outside, which was a little windy, but still excellent.

Great staff from the waitresses to the guides, and overall a must-visit for at least two nights.

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Mr & Mrs P - Norfolk
Arrived on: 21-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great huts & snorkelling

Very friendly staff, great location and fabulous Robinson Crusoe huts. It would have been nice to have had more activities, e.g. longer walks around the island, bird watching etc. The activities were also at set times so not all could be done as they sometimes overlapped.

I think you should warn people more clearly regarding the possibility of a wet crossing and definite wet landings. We were luckily wearing shorts but otherwise you would get very wet!

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Ms H & Ms D - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chumbe Island Lodge review

Very friendly manager and staff generally, great chef, chilled atmosphere, impressive green credentials, nice food, enjoyable activities (walks, snorkelling) with friendly and knowledgable guides, great beach.

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Mr V & family - Switzerland
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chumbe Island Lodge review

We really enjoyed staying at Chumbe. The architecture of this Eco lodge is really thought through and inspires you just to relax, sit back and enjoy the vistas or read a book. The place is full of charm.

The staff is very friendly, service minded and flexible and the rangers very knowledgable. Food was good, but mostly buffer style - one of the few areas that we felt might be improved.

Coral reef is very impressive with a big variety of corals and fish. We saw sea turtles, rays and octopus. We stayed 2 nights, but 3 nights would probably have been better as it would have given us more time to properly enjoy all activities and just relax a bit.

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