Eco bungalows

Being a Marine Protected Area (MPA) the focal aim of the Chumbe Island Coral Park Project is to preserve Chumbe Island's exceptional environment. Therefore we have built accommodation based on the state-of-the-art of eco-architecture and eco-technology.

So What is so special about these Eco-bungalows?

  • As there is no ground water source in the rocky substrate of the island, each bungalow collects its own freshwater supply from rainwater (captured from the specially designed expanse of roof) during the rainy season. This rainwater passes through a complex filtration system and is stored in spacious underground cisterns (under each living room). The water is then hand-pumped (by either Ali, Juma or Yussuf on the Chumbe Team) through a solar-powered heating system into hot & cold-water containers for the shower and hand basin in the bathroom.
  • The used water from showers and basins is filtered through particulate filters, ending in specially sealed plant beds so that no polluted water will seep into the Reef Sanctuary. These beds are planted with species that are demanding in water and nutrients, and therefore easily absorb any remaining nitrates and phosphates. See the grey water report on Chumbe May 2009
  • To deal with sewage we have also installed composting toilets. These eco-toilets prevent sewage (from septic tanks) seeping through the porous ground into the Reef Sanctuary, (as this would lead to pollution of the fragile reef ecosystem, encourage algae growth and finally kill coral communities and organisms depending on them). Instead, human waste is quickly decomposed to natural fertilizer when mixed with compost (aerobic composting) in the compost chamber. To ensure the experience for the client is the same as with any regular toilet, specialized designs have been implemented with wind powered vent pipes and gradient storage so that it feels no different to using a regular toilet; except that composting toilets need no flush water at all, thus they also effectively economize on water.
  • Lights are powered by photovoltaic panels on the roof that provide ample environmentally friendly 12V energy for normal usage. The open design of the bungalows, with minimal barriers to the open air, allows for maximum through-draft for cooling of the bungalows; a form of natural air-conditioning. To enhance this louvres are in place that can be lowered or closed depending on the desired temperature.

The architects responsible for designing these incredible buildings are:

Prof. Per Krusche: p.krusche(at)tu-bs(dot)de
George Fiebig: g.fiebig(at)gmx(dot)net
Jan Hulsemann: jhuelsemann(at)gmail(dot)com

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Best Institution in the Protection and Conservation of Marine Natural Environment

Recognised as the best institution in the protection and conservation of marine natural environment, 2004, Zanzibar read more

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Responsible Tourism Award 2004

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Saturday 01.01.2000 - 00:00

Award for Environmental Achievement

Winner of the 2000 UNEP Global 500 Award for Environmental Achievement

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BBC Worldchallenge

Chumbe Island finalist!

Friday 01.01.1999 - 00:00

British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow 1999

Winner of the 1999 British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow - Southern Regional and Global Awards

Thursday 18.08.2005 - 00:00

Tourism Cares for Tomorrow Sustainable Tourism Awards

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Friday 01.07.2005 - 00:00

Best Website 2005 for Sustainable Tourism Products

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World Legacy Award 2004

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EXPO 2000

Selected as Worldwide Project for the EXPO 2000 World Exhibition in Hannover

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Visit Zanzibar initiative

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Marine Conservation Agreements.

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Green Hotelier & Restaurateur Environmental Award 2001

Winner of the Green Hotelier & Restaurateur Environmental Award 2001

Sunday 13.03.2005 - 00:00

TODO Award 2004 for Socially Responsible Tourism

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Thursday 01.04.2004 - 00:00

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2001 and 2004

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