Highlights of Mumbo Island Camp
- Mumbo Island is a fantasy lodge for short stay “Robinson Crusoes”
- Relax in a hammock, swim in the clear fresh water or go beach-combing between the boulders that line the water’s edge
- Those looking for activity can try sea kayaking, snorkelling or scuba diving
- Mumbo is eco-friendly with sustainable materials used
- Ideal for active family safaris in Malawi with a family tent available
Mumbo Island Camp is a luxuriously rustic and private eco-lodge on a practically deserted tropical island in Lake Malawi National Park, approx. 45 mins by boat from the lakeshore.
The actual camp lies under ancient fig and baobab trees. Accommodation is in five reed chalets under thatch with wooden decks, reached by a charming wooden bridge, each with glorious views over Lake Malawi, where multi-coloured cichlid fish put on a show for snorkellers. Enjoy kayaking, scuba diving, swimming, snorkelling or simply swaying in a shady hammock on your private deck.
The simply furnished reed chalets of Mumbo Island Camp are tucked into the lush foliage amongst the granite boulders with uninterrupted views across Lake Malawi. Each is tastefully furnished with its own shaded view-deck and hammock and has private en suite facilities, with hot bucket showers and ‘eco-loos’ (Environmentally-friendly dry composter toilets to be precise. Non smelly!) Some bathrooms are adjacent to the chalets almost en suite, some are a few metres away depending on each location.
Closer to the main areas is a family unit in the forest with two twin bedded tents sharing one bathroom and a small sitting area so that the camp takes 14 people in total. (The family tents are not raised high so there are no nasty drops to worry about, but its important to note that they don’t have a view.)
Mumbo Island Camp adheres to strict principles of sustainable building, so the dining area, bar and water sport gazebo, are all hand built from timber, thatch and canvas.
Unlike most island destinations, Mumbo Island has never been populated by humans and is still in its natural state. This, together with the focus on non-motorised water sports, makes Mumbo Island Camp ideal for the active outdoors enthusiast.
Activities at Mumbo Island Camp
The most popular activities here are diving or snorkelling through the crystal-clear waters, lazing in a hammock in the ‘chill-out’ area or on your private deck, contemplating the breathtaking scenery. Each evening you can enjoy a boat cruise or even paddle around the headland to watch the sky turn scarlet, accompanied by the sound of mewing fish eagles and splashing otters.
Lake Malawi National Park is the first freshwater marine reserve in Africa and became a World Heritage Site in 1984. The warm waters of Lake Malawi National Park boast some 2000 species. It’s no wonder this region of Lake Malawi is often considered the best freshwater diving and snorkelling location in the world.
Mumbo Island Camp is a PADI registered resort offering beginner, advanced and specialty courses in scuba diving, as well as gear hire and casual dives. The waters in this part of Lake Malawi are particularly clear making this one of the best dive sites on Lake Malawi. Birders will enjoy looking out for the plentiful Fish Eagles. Swimming, kayaking, and bird watching are also popular with guided or self-guided trails through around the island to various viewpoints.
Mumbo Island Camp - Standard TentsThere are five twin bedded tents. Please note that the single beds can be pushed together to make a double bed.
Mumbo Island Camp - Family TentThere is one family tent with four single beds. Please note that the single beds can be pushed together to make a double bed.