Mumbo Island Camp

Lake Malawi, Malawi

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Mumbo Island Camp


Mumbo Island Camp lies in the southern end of Lake Malawi. 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. The Mumbo Camp has six tastefully furnished and comfortable tents.

The variety of wildlife at the Mumbo Island Camp are includes baboon, vervet monkey and hippo. Bird life is abundant, with over 100 bird species, particularly waterbirds. Lake Malawi is dominated by the ubiquitous African Fish-Eagles, and you will also see the north-eastern hypoxanthus variety of Sombre Greenbul. Other species seen include African Harrier-Hawk, Trumpeter Hornbill, White-breasted Cormorant, Paradise-Flycatcher and a variety of herons, weavers, doves and starlings.

The most popular activities at the Mumbo Camp are diving or snorkelling through the crystal-clear water and lazing in a hammock in the 'chill-out' area, contemplating the breath-taking 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.

We Love
  • The Mumbo Island Camp supports Malawi's National Parks and Wildlife
  • Lake Malawi National Park protects freshwater fish and is a World Heritage Site
  • Mumbo Island Camp is a PADI registered resort offering courses
Need to Know
  • Mumbo Island Camp is an Adventure Safari Lodge with 6 comfortable tents
  • Activities undertaken are birding, nature walks and wildlife watching
  • Mumbo Island Camp is closed seasonally between 11 January and 22 February
  • Best for Couples, Wildlife, Adventure, Off the Beaten Track


Stay Mumbo Island Camp is an Adventure Safari Lodge with 6 comfortable tents. 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. Each tent has mosquito netting over all openings and a viewing deck overlooking the Lake and a hammock.

The Camp 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. There is no electricity on the island. Lighting is by means of hurricane lanterns and water is fire-heated.

ChildCare Children of all ages are welcome to stay at the Mumbo Island Camp 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 snorkelling and other activities is 12 years and must be accompanied by an adult. For mountain biking, children below 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dine 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.

Experience Activities include Sea kayaking and freshwater snorkelling to discover the underwater cichlid realm for which Lake Malawi is famous. Mountain bike along the lakeshore through some of the prettiest villages in Malawi and stop at one of the local fishing villages for a local experience. Day trips can be arranged to Nkhata Bay and the historic Bandawe Mission. There are five nature trails which are clearly marked and can be done without a guide. There is rich birdlife in the surrounds.

Mumbo Island Camp Lake Malawi, Malawi

Location The Mumbo Island Camp is located in the Lake Malawi National Park near the southern end of Lake Malawi.

Getting There The Mumbo Island Camp is located 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. 

When to go Malawi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the rainy season, April to July is Malawi's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. 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.