Overview of Mumbo Island Camp

Mumbo Island Camp is situated on a pristine and otherwise-deserted island in Lake Malawi, itself lying within an exclusive concession area and part of the Lake Malawi National Park. This park – a World Heritage Site – was the first freshwater marine reserve in the world and is home to more than 500 species of fish, of which over 90 percent are endemic.

This intimate lodge adheres to the principles of eco-architecture and is constructed of timber, thatch and reed, and blends into the surrounding vegetation and large granite boulders. The tents are set on raised platforms with separate eco-toilets and bucket showers to help preserve the environment. You can spend your days at Mumbo doing little more than lying in hammocks or gently floating on the lake but if you are feeling more energetic, there are many activities to enjoy including kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and bird watching.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Located on a small deserted island in the middle of the beautiful lake
  • Rustic charm with simple comforts in private chalets
  • Over 500 fish species for memorable snorkeling and diving
  • Kayak or walk around the island to discover secret spots
  • Ideal for honeymooners, families and nature lovers
  • Fall in love with the calls of the dozens of African fish eagles

Bird watching

Boat excursions


Scuba diving


Rooms at Mumbo Island Camp

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
  • Family Tent 2
  • Family Tent 1

    Family Tent

    The Family Tent at Mumbo Island Camp sleeps two adults and two children and is tucked away under shady trees on the main island.

    • Tent 1
    • Tent 2


      The six simple but exceptionally comfortable safari huts are situated on the separate little island of Jumbo, connected to Mumbo Island by a wooden walkway.rnrnBuilt from reed and local materials, the tents often incorporate the island’s enormous boulders into their design. Each private tent has a shady deck complete with a hammock where you can laze away your afternoons looking out over the lake and listening for the cries of the ubiquitous African fish eagle. The private bathrooms feature an eco-toilet and hot bucket showers and are connected to the tents by a short wooden walkway.

      General Facilities

      The camp’s dining area, bar and lounge are built using local materials and overlook the sandy beach and the clear waters of Lake Malawi.

      The watersport gazebo, conveniently situated on the beach, is equipped with kayaks, snorkeling equipment, scuba equipment and is PADI licensed.

      For those who just want to relax, there are plenty of hammocks to choose from, sun loungers on the beach to nap on plus a great selection of books and board games.


      Bucket showers


      At Mumbo Island you can look forward to starting your day with a hearty breakfast of fruit salad, freshly baked bread, eggs and Malawi-grown tea and coffee.

      For lunches and dinners you will be served an array of salads, fresh fish, casseroles, curries, stir-fries and pasta dishes. All the camp’s meals are prepared over an open fire in the ‘bush kitchen’.

      Expert Opinion

      We know because we go
      Rikke Williams

      Rikke Williams

      Africa Safari Expert

      Barefoot luxury - nothing better than waking up to the sunrise glittering across Lake Malawi, just magical...

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