Based on an otherwise deserted island within Lake Malawi National Park, Mumbo is a semi-permanent, eco-friendly camp, with just six chalets, atop a rocky outcrop. Surrounded by nature, enjoy a range of water sports activities, afloat the crystal-clear waters.
This 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.
About Mumbo Island
Mumbo Island is a pristine and deserted tropical island floating on the expansive waters of the Lake Malawi National Park. With a maze of massive underwater boulders, innumerable species of colourful cichlid fish and calm, clear water, the National Park offers what many consider the best freshwater snorkeling and SCUBA diving in the world. Mumbo Island is only 1km in diameter and has never been populated so it remains in a pristine, natural state. Kayak Africa run Mumbo as an entirely off-grid, green camp so that it remains as unspoilt and perfect as it has been forever.
Rooms at Mumbo Island
The tiny camp caters for only fourteen guests. The five reed chalets are situated on the tiny islet of “Jumbo”, reached by a wooden bridge from Mumbo’s main beach. The chalets are set as far apart from one another as possible to guarantee privacy. Each chalet has its own en suite bathroom, deck with hammock and a spectacular view over the turquoise waters of Mumbo. Mumbo’s en suite bathrooms are constructed from reeds and wood. They feature beautiful wooden basin surrounds, reed shower floors, suspended bucket showers (heated by solar), eco-loos with wooden seats and biodegradable shower treats in glass bottles with carved wooden stoppers. Bed linens are of 100% cotton, grass mats and cane furniture are made locally, the water bottles and glasses are recycled wine bottles made on the island and the kikoi throws, for use as beach wraps, are sourced from Kenya.
Facilities at Mumbo Island
The dining area, lounge and forest chalet are tucked into the forest on the main island under a baobab tree. A watersport gazebo and beach shower & loos complete camp infrastructure.