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Chumbe Island

Chumbe Island is a remarkable nature travel goal on a private island off Zanzibar. Arranged 8 km southwest of Stone Town in Zanzibar, it is secured by undisturbed woods and encompassed by a virgin coral reef.

The island of Chumbe is perceived as a "protected nature reserve” and has gotten various "eco-the travel industry" grants for its common appearance and assurance of biodiversity. Chumbe Island is controlled by conservation and child-welfare NGOs.

Chumbe’s coast flaunts flawlessly saved coral reefs. Other than from the 81-section of land coral reef, it is home to 90% of East Africa's hard coral species and 400 reef angle species in uncommon untamed life ensured nearby the island incorporates the coconut crab, green turtle, Ader's duiker (pronghorn) and humpback whale.

Activities incorporate swimming and scuba making a plunge the simple exceptional reef haven which is home to around 350 types of fish, ocean turtles and lobsters. An astonishing stretch of white sandy shoreline extends before the lodges. With the profound turquoise waters lapping along one edge and a fragile edge of influencing palms along the other, it's the ideal place to sunbathe or walk leisurely.

When to go

Chumbe Island is open for tourist all year round. However, during the

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Chumbe Island is open for tourist all year round. However, during the long rains, April and May, many lodges and hotels are closed. November can bring short rains, though Chumbe is drier than the main island of Zanzibar. While the best time to watch turtle is from January to March.

Art & Culture

Found only 6 km off the shoreline of Zanzibar, Chumbe Island is one of

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Found only 6 km off the shoreline of Zanzibar, Chumbe Island is one of the last flawless coral islands in the district. As one of the many fossilized coral reefs specking the Indian Ocean archipelago,. Some time ago a military army, the island has been left unscarred by any human effect yet by and by, the social liveliness of the land stayed flawless. Laying on the intersection of the conventional ocean courses the dainty little island decorates the best of Arabic and European impact. Standing tall as a notice of its tolerant assorted variety are two landmarks of massive chronicled and social esteem worked when the new century rolled over. The pinnacle called the Lighthouse-worked by the Sultan of Zanzibar and the British in 1904, and the notable mosque described by Indian engineering portray the numerous accounts of the locale.

Culinary

Chumbe is roosted amidst the primary ocean course between Dar es Salaam

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Chumbe is roosted amidst the primary ocean course between Dar es Salaam and the Stone Town of Zanzibar and generally of its history stayed uninhabited. The topographical contiguity with the Zanzibar has additionally guaranteed a social contiguity which is extravagantly proved in the heavenly culinary character of the area. To be reasonable, the cooking styles mirror the recorded accounts of the district with food spread pressing a blend of Zanzibarian, Arabic, Indian and African food. The accessibility of crisp seafood and organic products implies the food is ample and scrumptious and takes into account the selections of veggie lovers and non-vegan eaters alike. Food, epicureans should need to look at the cookbook entitled "Chumbe Chakula" – Kiswahili for Chumbe Food for that observing plate of nearby cooking styles

How to go

Chumbe Island can be reached by airways or waterways. Chumbe

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Chumbe Island can be reached by airways or waterways.

Waterways:

Chumbe is located 10 km from Zanzibar. Boat and ferries are available and it takes about 30- 40 minutes to reach Chumbe from Zanzibar.

Airways:

You can also take Charter flight to the island.

Activities:

Chumbe Island offers an array activities. Listed below are some of the:

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Guided forest walk
  • Swimming

Activites

Apart from the pristine beaches you can visit the Chumbe Reef Sanctuary

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  • Apart from the pristine beaches you can visit the Chumbe Reef Sanctuary and the Closed Forest Reserve.
  • If you are interested in history you can visit the two historical building, one lighthouse and a mosque which were built during the turnaround of 20th century.

What to see?

Arusha, even though being smaller in size, is rich in wildlife concentration

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Chumbe, even though being smaller in size, is rich in wildlife concentration which is because of the varied landscape and ecosystem. It hosts the largest giraffe population in Africa. Animals like elephant, cape buffalo, waterbuck, lion are easily seen in this park with occasion sighting of leopard, hyena, and wild dog. More than 400 bird species are recorded in Arusha which includes the famous flamingos and Hadeda Ibis.

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