Mumbo Island Camp

Lake Malawi, Malawi

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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.

EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE BEST SNORKELLING & FRESHWATER SCUBA DIVING IN THE WORLD.

 

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.
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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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Mumbo Island Camp

Rating                           Adventure Camp
Type                             Safari Lodge
No of rooms                   6
Max Occupants              14 guests
Friendly                         Children
Interests                        Adventure Birding, Nature, Wildlife, Watersports, Hiking
Location                        Lake Malawi National Park

Standard Tents
There are five twin bedded tents. Please note that the single beds can be pushed together to make a double bed.

Family Tents
There is one family tent with four single beds. Please note that the single beds can be pushed together to make a double bed.

Room details
Tents have thatched roof and are raised on timber decks or on the high rocks that are typical around this island. Bathroom facilities comprise bucket showers with fire-warmed water and eco-toilets. Liquid soaps, shampoo, sunscreen, citronella spray, towels, kikois and torches are supplied. Each tent has mosquito netting over all openings and a viewing deck overlooking the Lake and a hammock.

Camp Description
The Main Area comprises of a dining area and bar, sundowner deck and a private beach. There is a timber walkway between the beach and the small accommodation island.

Electricity & Water
There is no electricity on the island. Lighting is by means of hurricane lanterns and water is fire-heated.

Activities
Sea kayaking (A guide will be available to assist beginners and to accompany guests if they wish)
Snorkelling (snorkelling equipment is available for the guests to use)
Scuba diving (excluded in nightly tariff)
5 nature trails (these are clearly marked and can be done without a guide)

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
08h00 - Breakfast
13h00 - Lunch
19h00 – Dinner
Activities are at guests’ own discretion. Guests may do as much or as little as they like.

Seasons
    Low Season: 23 February 2013 to 30 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 09 December 2013
    High Season: 01 July 2013 to 31 October 2013 & 10 December 2013 to 10 January 2014


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of all ages are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
    Children up to 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for scuba diving activities (open water diving course) is 12 years.

Other Policies
    Drinks are not included in the nightly tariff and are charged to the guests’ account.
    Laundry service is included in the nightly tariff.
    Payment can be effected by cash (US$, Euro or Malawi Kwacha).
    There are no credit card facilities.
    All extras are to be settled at Kayak Africa Base Camp on return from the Island.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:           2:00 PM
    Check out:       10:30 AM
    Minimum stay:      1 night

Note: Guests are required to move out of the tents by 10h30 on the day of departure.

 

Lake Malawi National Park

Lake Malawi is famed for the abundance and diversity of its fish life and holds a greater array of freshwater fish species (over 1 000) than any other lake on Earth and more than all of Europe and North America combined. The majority of these are colourful fish called cichlids (their local name is mbuna) of which the Lake contains more than 400 types, 3o% of all known species. Other fish species such as chambo form the primary protein source of the people that live on the lakeshore and beyond. Much of this astounding underwater diversity is protected within the Lake Malawi National Park at Cape Maclear in the southern part of the Lake, the first park in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish and a World Heritage Site.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides - £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff - £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) - £6.00 per person per day
It is requested that all tips are put in the tip box at the Base Camp rather than handed directly to Island staff.


When to go

Malawi has a hot sub-tropical climate with cool dry winters (May to October) and warm wet summers (November to April). Lake Malawi is at its clearest during the summer months, which are also best for bird watching, but game viewing is best in the winter months, when the bushveld is dry and animals seek out the waterholes.

Avoid the mid-summer months of January and February when temperatures can get uncomfortably hot and humid, rainfall is at its highest - and so is the risk of malaria - while some of the roads in the national parks becomes impassable.

Visa
For tourist visits, visas are NOT required by citizens of UK and most Commonwealth countries, the USA, Japan, most European Union countries and certain other countries. However, a full valid passport is required for entry into Malawi.

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.

Please note:
There is no risk of yellow fever in Malawi. The government of Malawi requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the UK.


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.