Mumbo Island is a pristine and deserted tropical island, and the undisputed jewel of the Lake Malawi National Park.
Mumbo Island has never been populated and is still in its natural state with a thick covering of miombo woodland and ancient fig and baobab trees.
The waters around the island are clean and calm, and allow all guests – irrespective of fitness or experience – to enjoy sea kayaking, snorkeling and SCUBA diving. The island’s only mammals Spotted-necked Otters – are remarkably playful and regularly join guests for a snorkel or swim.
Situated within the first freshwater marine reserve in the world, activities include diving, snorkelling, island hopping, bird watching and kayaking.
Mumbo offers a vital outpost of conservationist thought and action in an isolated location that authorities simply don’t have the ability to protect.
Getting To Mumbo Island
You can go by boat, you can go by car, and you can even fly. Click the link below for detail on all these options.
Road transfers: Road transfers are available from the main centres in Malawi (Lilongwe and Blantyre), from nearby lodges such as Mvuu Lodge and from the nearest airfield at Club Makokola. Driving time from Club Makokola to reception on the beach at Cape Maclear is one hour.
.Accommodation in fully-furnished Island Chalets
.All National Park fees
.Meals, boat transfers, activities and gear rentals
.Items of personal nature
LAKE MALAWI NATIONAL PARK
Mumbo Island is part of the Lake Malawi National Park. In 1980 the National Park became the first fresh-water marine reserve to be proclaimed on earth, and was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in 1984.
Lake Malawi contains the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world, probably well over five hundred with perhaps half occurring in the National Park area.
The cichlid fish population specifically is of comparable importance in the study of evolution to the finches of the Galapagos Islands, with adaptive radiation and speciation (the actual process of evolution) taking place continuously even to this day!
Lake Malawi is unique and forms a separate bio-geographical province. It is estimated to be between three and twenty million years old.
The lake is 600km long, 80km wide and over 700m deep; and is the southern extremity of the African Rift Valley.
MUMBO’S GREEN CREDENTIALS
The whole camp is built of timber, thatch and canvas, and is perched on high rocks overlooking the water, blending with the African bush to create a Robinson Crusoe atmosphere of rustic charm.
The whole island falls within an exclusive concession, guaranteeing privacy in paradise. Mumbo Island Camp ranks amongst the finest in Malawi.
All kitchen waste is separated and taken back to the mainland to either be used in the compost or to be burned or recycled. Cooking is done on gas or rocket stove; water is pumped from the lake by a solar pump and filtered on the island.
The chalets and thatched decks they stand on could be removed and within on cycle of seasons, not a trace would remain of their ever being there. The wood and thatch for the decks is sourced in Malawi from local and sustainable sources.
On Mumbo Island the theme is barefoot luxury – there is everything that you need and nothing that you don’t. The tiny island camp sleeps only fourteen guests in tastefully furnished chalets with shaded decks, hammocks, and en suite hot bucket showers and eco-loos. A dining room and bar, with a lovely lounge under a baobab tree, complete camp infrastructure.
The camp is built of reeds, timber, thatch and canvas. It is perched on high rocks overlooking the water and blends in with the African bush to create a Robinson Crusoe atmosphere of rustic charm. The whole of Mumbo Island lies within an exclusive concession, thus guaranteeing privacy in paradise. Mumbo Island Camp ranks amongst the finest in Malawi.