Mumbo Island Camp (Lake
Malawi National Park) Malawi
Mumbo Island is an exclusive camp situated on a pristine
and otherwise-deserted tropical island floating on the clear
waters of Lake Malawi.
The Island lies within an exclusive concession area, in
turn part of the Lake Malawi National Park, the first
freshwater marine reserve in the world. With waters that are
so crystal clear, the diving and snorkeling are among the
best in Lake Malawi.
Five twin / double tents situated on raised timber decks
under thatch roofs. Currently toilet facilities are not en
suite, but consist of privately situated and
environmentally-friendly dry composter toilets.
The shower is a bucket-shower, suspended from the branch
of a Baobab tree with fire-warmed water. An upgrade of
toilet facilities to make them en-suite is underway.
Each tent is fully-netted and has two single / one double
bed, two cane wicker chairs, a shaded view deck overlooking
the lake and a hammock.
There is a dining area, bar and water sport gazebo, all
of timber, thatch and canvas, and adhering to the principles
Guests can relax in tranquil surroundings with delicious
cuisine, lying in hammocks or gently floating in the waters;
but for the more energetic there is a variety of activities:
Excellent sea kayaking, snorkeling and scuba facilities
enable the active guest to interact with an impressive piece
Exploring the granitic islands in a freshwater Rift
Valley lake; birders will enjoy the abundant Fish Eagles;
and snorkelers can view enormous numbers of the Cichlid fish
species; these small, colorful fish have adapted to so many
variations that they are considered of comparable importance
to the Galapagos finches in the study of evolution.
Malawi National Park, the first freshwater marine reserve
proclaimed on Earth and declared a Natural World Heritage
Site in 1984. Lake Malawi contains the largest number of
fish species of any lake in the world; more than five
hundred different species have been recorded, with perhaps
half occurring in the National Park area. Endemism is high
(thought to exceed 90%) and adaptive radiation and
speciation within the lake is remarkable. Lake Malawi is
unique and forms a separate bio-geographical province. It is
estimated to be between one and two million years old. The
lake, ninth largest in the world, is 600km long and 80km
wide, and forms the southern extremity of the African Rift
Valley. Electricity and water There is no electricity on the
island. The kitchen works off gas, and all lighting is by
means of hurricane lanterns. All water is purified, although
the necessity of this is debatable.
Freedom and quality island time - together with a good
dose of healthy outdoor fun - is what visits to Mumbo Island
are all about. The only fixed items on the schedule are
meals, and guests are otherwise free to choose between
activity, exploration and leisure. Highly recommended are
pre-breakfast swims, which redefine the term “refreshing,”
and sunset kayak circumnavigations of the island.
Meal times are flexible with respect to activities and
arrival and departure times. A hearty breakfast of fruit
salad, freshly baked bread, eggs and bacon sets the tone for
the day. Lunches and dinners feature an array of salads,
fresh fish, chicken and vegetable casseroles, curries,
stir-fries and pasta dishes.
Drinks, scuba diving and tips are not included in the
nightly tariffs, and these accounts must be settled before
departure. Payments for such extras can be made by credit
card or with US Dollar, British Pound, Euro or Malawi Kwacha
cash. Laundry services are free of charge.
From $290 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.