Mumbo Island Lake Malawi, Malawi

Mumbo Island Camp is a really laid-back little place. You'll find simple tented accommodation for fourteen guests, complete with decks, hammocks and ensuite reed and wood bathrooms comprising hot bucket showers and ‘eco-loos’. All the furnishings have been sourced as locally as possible, from colourful chitenjes cloth from the local market, to recycled glass water bottles, grass mats and Malawian cane furniture.

There is also a dining area with bar and a watersport gazebo. The whole camp has a rustic charm. It is built of timber, thatch and canvas, and is perched on high rocks overlooking the lake. The island is located within an exclusive concession area, guaranteeing privacy.

Nearby Attractions

Lake Malawi National Park


Mumbo Island


Five double tents and one four-bed family unit - three reed chalets and two walk-in tents are situated on the tiny islet of “Jumbo”, reached by a wooden bridge from Mumbo’s main beach. The family unit is on the main island.

Dining area with bar (main island)

Lounge area (under a baobab tree)

Watersport gazebo and beach shower


You can swim in the warm, crystal clear waters; snorkel in secluded, fish-filled bays; kayak around the island and explore hidden coves and caves; hike along carefully laid trails which traverse the island and meander through the beautiful Miombo forest – or you can take it easy and enjoy the beach from the comfort of the beach loungers, swing in your private hammock on your tent deck or take tea in the comfortable lounge. There is a small book exchange and a selection of games – not least of which is the local game of bawo.

All activities are optional – you choose how to spend your time. A trained guide is always on duty on the beach and, on request will take either a guided walking trail or a kayak around the island every morning. Every afternoon there is a sunset cruise around the island in the camp's small green boat: just let the island staff know what you’d like to drink and they will get a cooler box ready. The cruise begins at 4:30 and the sun sets at around 5:30 so you return to the camp at dusk.