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 snorkeling on the Lake.

The island lies 10km north-west of Cape Maclear, where reception and the nearest point of road access is located. The camp comprises five units (two twin tents and three twin reed chalets) perched on rocks high above the water shaded by lush foliage, each with bucket showers, ‘eco-loos’ and wooden deck. A hammock provides a comfortable spot to take in the idyllic Lake view. A twin-tented family unit is tucked into the forest near the main beach. There is a dining area, bar and water sport gazebo of timber and thatch.

Activities here vary from lazing in a hammock to snorkeling, diving, swimming, kayaking, walking and birdwatching. Guests have the option of boating or paddling to explore the granitic islands of the Lake. 

Mumbo Island Camp - Standard Tents

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

Mumbo Island Camp - Family Tent

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


The protected waters of Lake Malawi National Park bring kayaking within reach of anyone, irrespective of fitness or experience. The two-person kayaks are large and stable, and the guides are local residents with an intimate knowledge of the area. Guests with a sense of adventure have the option of kayaking out to Mumbo Island from reception on the beach at Cape Maclear. Guides are available on request.


Lake Malawi supports over 2 000 species of freshwater fish – a greater variety than any other lake on Earth. Snorkellng through the islands calm, warm and crystal-clear waters, where the colorful Cichlid fish, coupled with the massive granite boulders that make up much of the underwater terrain, make for a truly remarkable and unusual snorkeling experience. The island’s only mammals - the Spotted-neck Otter - are remarkably tame and sometimes join guests for a swim or snorkel! All equipment is provided.

Scuba diving

Experience an underwater world of giant granite boulders and hundreds of multi-colored freshwater tropical fish! Lake Malawi is a great place to Scuba dive, ideally suited to beginners or those who prefer relaxed diving with no dangers. Mumbo is a PADI registered resort, offering beginner, advanced and specialty courses, as well as gear hire and casual dives. At additional cost (includes equipment hire).


Five different nature trails weave their way through the massive granite boulders that constitute the island. The island is heavily wooded, hosting baobab (Adansonia digitata) and several species of Ficus, Sterculia, Khaya, Albizia and Brachystegia. A map is provided in every tent and extras are available at the bar. There are no poisonous snakes or dangerous animals on Mumbo, so you can walk anywhere with confidence and are rewarded by magnificent views. Our guide will take a guided walk every morning at 9:30 on request.


Of course no visit to Mumbo Island is complete without taking the opportunity to just relax and unwind. The sense of peace and tranquility, provided by the islands location, makes it the perfect place to simply lie back and take in the breathtaking scenery of Lake Malawi. Whether it be swinging in the hammock on your private deck overlooking the lake; reading a book in the comfy shaded lounge deck; or learning to play the local game of bawo, Mumbo Island is a place where you can experience total relaxation.

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