Mumbo Island Camp
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Mumbo is a pristine island in Lake Malawi National Park which, with its crystal clear waters and innumerable species of cichlid fish, offers some of the best freshwater scuba diving in the world and the best snorkelling on the Lake.
EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE BEST SNORKELLING & FRESHWATER SCUBA DIVING IN THE WORLD.
Lake Malawi is Africa's third largest and second deepest lake and for the people of Malawi, it is an integral part of their cultural heritage and vast trove of natural resources. A number of islands pepper the lake, with palm fringed beaches and picturesque fishing villages that dot the shoreline.
Unlike most island destinations in the region, 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.
Accommodation at the Mumbo Island Camp comprises tastefully furnished, five comfortable tents with hot bucket showers and 'eco-loos'. Tucked into the lush foliage, each tent, including a twin-tented family unit, is fully furnished with its own shaded view-deck and hammock. Mumbo Island Camp adheres to strict principles of eco-architecture, so the dining area, bar and water sport gazebo, are all hand built from timber, thatch and canvas.
The Mombo island has a variety of wildlife that includes mammals such as baboon, vervet monkey, dassies and hippo. Bird life is abundant, with over 100 bird species - particularly waterbirds. Lake Malawi is dominated by the ubiquitous African Fish-Eagles, but enthusiasts will be rewarded with sightings of the shyer and less common forest birds that inhabit the bush around the tents, such as the north-eastern hypoxanthus variety of Sombre Greenbul.
Other species seen include African Harrier-Hawk, Trumpeter Hornbill, White-breasted Cormorant, Water Thick-Knee, African Paradise-Flycatcher and a variety of herons, weavers, doves and starlings.
The most popular activities here are diving or snorkelling through the crystal-clear water and lazing in a hammock in the 'chill-out' area, contemplating the breathtaking scenery.
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. Swimming, kayaking, and birdwatching are also popular. For the more intrepid, there are boating and paddling options, exploring the granitic islands in a freshwater Rift Valley lake.
The Mumbo Island Camp is located in the Lake Malawi National Park near the southern end of Lake Malawi. The base camp is on the mainland, in the fishing village of Cape Maclear which can be reached by road from anywhere in Malawi. Driving from Blantyre takes about 3 hr and 30 mins and Lilongwe takes 4 hr and 30 mins. Once at Cape Maclear, there is a one-hour boat transfer to the Mumbo Island. There is an unpaved airstrip at Makokola which is suitable for turbo prop or smaller aircrafts.