Chumbe Island Lodge

Reviews of Chumbe Island Lodge

Excellent(98%) From 46 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 46 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.
Mr & Mrs L from Herts
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chumbe Island - 3 nights

We were unprepared for the wade onto and off the ferry on the outward journey. You might warn people to wear shoes and trousers that can get wet,.

We loved Chumbe island, a great place to relax in between safari's. A very small coral island with good beaches, swimming from beaches, good staff, food and interesting flora/fauna.

My wife chose Chumbe to have a regulatory tummy upset - just the place for such a problem. The manager (Vera) was so concerned about this and was really attentive and helped Fran through the day. Vera is really a lovely person.

I was not over happy with the bathroom of the cabin. Much too small and it all became a bit 'mucky' too easily. The earth toilet began to smell during the 2nd day. The bed/seating area was fine but the camp really needs to do something about that facility if it is too encourage people to stay longer than 1 night.

Whether or not the camp does want people to do more than a day/1 night stay, I am not sure. Reading back over the literature about the island, it all appears to be geared to this short stay. A pity, as the coconut crabs are nocturnal and the beaches are worth a few days at least.

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Mr Peter P from USA
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Most unusual accomodations.

Bed was comfortable. Bathroom facilities were adequate.

Overall if was a fun experience. Marvelled at the construction of the room/tent. The floor could have been a little more even.

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Couple from London
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing castaway experience

We loved this place, so relaxing and the lodges were one of a kind! Back to basics and sleeping looking at the stars and looking for coconut crabs in the dark!

We loved the snorkelling and the beach and found it so nice to get away from it all read a book and adventure round the island! The food was amazing and we wish we were there for a week!

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Miss A from Harrogate
Arrived on: 18-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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There is a fixed programme which depends on the tides.
There was only one snorkelling trip per day and that was fixed and from a boat. I wanted to be able to wander into the water but this was not possible. Very disappointed.
The beach has strong rip tides so swimming is not recommended. I wish I had known this before I went.
My "hut" was lovely but only cold water in the shower. At least two of us were told "sorry - your hut only"..so not true! Refreshing during the day but very chilly in the morning!
Boat transfer. You need to advise people that you WILL get soaked during wading to and from the boat. Depending on your height and the wind / swells, up to and including knickers!!
There was no tidal walk at all whilst I was there. No idea why!
Forest walk was OK but underwhelming and could have been done in much less time.
Staff were lovely and the food was fabulous.

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry that this traveller had a negative experience whilst staying at Chumbe Island. Much of the best snorkelling on Zanzibar is found a short distance from shore, and typically requires a boat to reach it; this is also true of Chumbe Island. We are sorry that this traveler felt that she had been ill informed here.

Chumbe Island is a simple eco-lodge, with accommodation in the form of wooden bandas, or "huts". It is not common place for the showers to only have cold water, and Chumbe Island Lodge apologise that this was her experience.

We understand that whilst this traveller was staying at Chumbe, the wind was stronger than is normally to be expected, and as a result there was quite a bit of spray. We will ensure that our future travellers are aware of these issues.

Mr F from Edina
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful location, great bungalows (we had bungalow 6&7,with our own beach!)... The boatride in was a bit rough , but once we were there very much worth it...

Good food, one night the tables were set on the beach and lit with many candles, a beautiful sight... Excellent snorkeling. Service was a bit slow, getting drinks sometimes took up to half an hour, and we had to hang around for over an hour on our last evening to find out the schedule for the next day,

Special mention for Vera, the manager, very charming, friendly and hospitable.

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Mr & Mrs E from Croydon
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Peaceful Chumbe Island

Chumbe is a real escape from the mainland of Zanzibar. With only 7 cleverly designed, eco-friendly bungalows, it is quiet, beautiful and well-run - a real Indian Ocean paradise, with a difference.

Snorkelling on the coral reef was great, walking tours were interesting, particularly seeing the giant coconut crabs and fruit bats. Great beach, wonderful and varied food, friendly and professional service.

We really enjoyed our 2-night break here.

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M & L from Vancouver, BC
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great eco-lodge on coral island

Unique eco-lodge providing 7 well-designed eco-friendly cabins. Each is designed to catch the island breezes for natural cooling, so even though it was really hot during the day, the sitting and sleeping areas were delightfully cool. The food was great and the staff very friendly.

Good snorkelling too. It was quite windy and rough when we went out, so we made use of the available life jackets which helped. We also went on a night walk to see the amazingly large coconut crabs. Great place to spend at least 2 nights.

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Mr D from Surrey
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great snorkeling at Chumbe Island

An interesting "eco" lodge with staff lovely, just like the Tanzanians on the mainland.

Bungalow 6 had a beautiful view of the sea, and coral. Good food and service again. The guides Matata and Chaga were excellent and very helpful with equipment for snorkeling and also had good knowledge about the island flora and fauna.

Great variety of fish and coral types when snorkeling.

Did not want to leave.

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Mr & Mrs M from Canada
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Best food and wine on our whole 3 week trip!

All of the staff were very welcoming and accommodating. The tree house accommodation was decorated in an aesthetic that fit in well with the eco-nature theme of the whole place. That said, I'm not keen on very luke-warm water showers first thing in the morning and the beds were a bit firm. Two nights was enough.

The snorkeling really was excellent and the reason we went there and stayed two nights. It was the most coral that I've seen, although I haven't been to Australia.

The food and wine really was very good! The first course was served at the table, but all the hot foods were on a buffet and there was lots of selection. They could improve on the chairs at the dining tables - they all sloped forwards. It's a little thing but it interfered with our enjoyment of meals.

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Mrs & Mr H from Ontario
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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