Adventure encapsulated: this is the clarion call of Mumbo Island Camp on the shores of Lake Malawi. Set just off the Cape Maclear Peninsula, the unspoilt island is home to six ultra-private chalets amid a rocky outcrop – a slice of paradise in one of Africa’s most prized beauty spots. This is where leisurely dhow boating trips, watching spectacular sunsets and feasting all your senses on the sights and sounds of this wildlife wonderworld all combine for an unforgettable holiday. The best part? Utter exclusivity. With no more than 14 guests being allowed on the island at any given time, this is as private as it gets.
The six private chalets – each boasting quirky, luxurious trimmings – all feature en suite bathrooms, eco-loos and hot bucket showers. The name of the game here is very much respect – to the pristine, almost tropical, environment. Apart from the camp, the island is uninhabited, and all meals are brought in daily via a dhow… Probably the very same dhow that brought you and your belongings to the island!
In terms of activities, kayaking, snorkelling and diving are all part and parcel of the experience here, while the camp’s hammocks, inviting dining area, bar and watersport gazebo complete the picture.
Everything is hand-built from local timber, thatch and canvas, and completely natural, environmentally-aware and eco-focussed. A wooden walkway connects you to the mainland, should you tire of waterbased transport, and every step around the island is a reminder that this is rustic, slow-paced Malawi.
In keeping with the ethos of the island, motorised water sports are not on offer at all, which means the sounds of local highlights, such as African Fish Eagles, abound. Which makes sense given that Mumbo Island Camp is in fact included in the Lake Malawi National Park.
This fresh-water marine reserve is a Natural World Heritage Site to boot, and the lake is home to the largest number of fish species on the planet – a right royal treat for those who venture underwater to come up close and personal with fish such as the local cichlid population.
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