Mumbo Island Camp

Lake Malawi, Malawi

On Request

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Mumbo Island Camp

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.



We Love
  • Lake Malawi National Park at Cape Maclear in the south is the first in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish and has been classified as a World Heritage Site.
  • The Mumbo Island Camp is partnered with Malawi's Department of National Parks and Wildlife to put an end to illegal fishing operations.
Need to Know
  • Mumbo Island Camp is closed seasonally between 11 January and 22 February.
  • There is no electricity on the island. Lighting is by means of hurricane lanterns. Water is fire-heated.
  • Children of all ages are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
  • Please check Children’s Policy for age restrictions for each activity.

The Review

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.

Your Stay
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.

Getting There

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.

Mumbo Island Camp Lake Malawi, Malawi