Located off the Cape Maclear Peninsula on Lake Malawi, the tented camp is perched on one of Mumbo Island’s rocky outcrops, overlooking the lake and offering spectacular views of the crystal clear water.
Accommodation & Facilities
The majority of the reed and thatched rooms at Mumbo Island Camp are across a pontoon bridge from the main beach and dining area and are on raised platforms, although a single tent and the family unit are on the main island. Each room has a nearby private bathroom unit ‘ with hot bucket showers and eco-friendly dry compost loos (no smell and a handful of wood shavings after use). Facilities are simple but comfortable with hammocks on each balcony, to relax in and enjoy the impressive surrounds. Close to the sheltered beach is the main dining and bar area, built by hand from timber, thatch and canvas, making it very eco-friendly.
Wildlife & Activities
All trips to the camp on Mumbo Island, by motorboat or kayak, start at Cape Maclear. Kayaking will take at least a couple of hours on a leisurely basis with cold drinks whilst the boat trip is about 45 minutes. While swimming in the lake from the lakeshore is not recommended, for those who want to get out on the water from Mumbo Island there is a choice of sea kayaking, scuba diving, or snorkelling and Mumbo Island Camp is PADI registered, offering beginner, advanced and speciality courses in scuba diving, as well as equipment hire and casual dives. The marine life is spectacular, with a huge variety of fish. Nature trails, bird watching and fishing are also an option, although a shady hammock or the beach are perfect retreats for those wanting to unwind and relax.