Chumbe Island Zanzibar, Chumbe Coral Park is an award-winning private nature reserve that was developed from 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island Zanzibar, is one of the last pristine coral islands in Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean.
The Chumbe Island park includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve that harbor extremely rare and endangered animals, a Visitor and Education center, Chumbe Island Zanzibar a small eco-lodge, nature trails and historical ruins. All buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology aiming at zero impact on the environment (rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative greywater filtration etc.).
Chumbe Island Zanzibar, while operations follow commercial principles. The overall aim of Chumbe Island Zanzibar is to create a model of financially and ecologically sustainable Park management, where ecotourism supports conservation, research and comprehensive Environmental Education programs for local schools and other benefits for local people.
The work of Chumbe Island Coral Park Zanzibar towards the sustainable management and protection of the Chumbe Island coral reefs has been recognized by the UN Secretary General in his report to the General Assembly on Protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development, in preparation for the Rio+20 – United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 4-6 June 2012. Under the heading “The role of national legislation in protecting coral reefs(including importance of inclusion of indigenous/local communities)” on Page 21,the report says:
“A noted example for PES (Payment for Ecosystem Services) within the context of coral reefs habitat is the private, non-profit Chumbe Island Coral Park in Zanzibar. The Government of Zanzibar established a protected area around the Chumbe Island Zanzibar and its fringing coral reef in 1994 and gave the management rights to Chumbe Island which is responsible for implementing the Chumbe Island Zanzibar Management Plans 1995-2016. Today Tourists are very warm welcome to a Chumbe Island Zanzibar, day trip Chumbe Island Coral Park Zanzibar is situated just 8Km,Southwest of Stone town. Chumbe Island Zanzibar is Privately Managed Marine Protected Island that offers a Unique opportunity to both protect and explore the Chumbe Island Coral Reef, Forest and the Island. Arrange your Chumbe Island Zanzibar trip with us and you can be assured of the best excellent services at all times “