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Domwe Island Adventure Camp
Reviewed April 30, 2011

We spent two nights on Domwe with our three teenagers. The management/reservations were very helpful, responsive and professional. The island is lovely and the island staff do strive to be helpful. We swam for hours, read books, played bao and watched the fishermen go to work at sundown.

Here is the "criticism" - take it with a grain of salt. Domwe is very rustic which is great, but the cost is disproportionate. It is self-catering and while the staff do handle cleaning and general housekeeping, as a family we paid $250 per night to sleep on thin foam pad beds in worn tents and prepare our own meals with our own groceries. On top of that, you have to pay for the boat ride out to the island. The "honor" bar- US$2 for a single shot of Malawi Gin? Use the kayak? That's another US$25. I loved the place and the people. I just felt overcharged. Certainly not the fault of the staff who took care of us.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 27, 2010

This trip to Malawi, overland through Mozambique, was on of the best ever and Domwe an absolute highlight. It was the perfect combination of rustic and comfort: sheltered decks to pitch three tents *or a couple of permanent tents for non-camper), self-catering facilities and a three or four brilliant staff on an otherwise uninhabited island in paradise. I WILL be back, regularly I hope, and rate this one of the must-do trips of any African travel (Seasoned travel journalist)

Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 22, 2016
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  • Stayed: December 2016, traveled with friends
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Address: Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park 48, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park > Cape Maclear
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Cape Maclear
Price Range: $25 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unleash your inner islander! Island paradise as it is meant to be - deserted and wild with ancient forest and crystal-clear waters teeming with tropical fish. Kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and exploring on foot fill the days; while a cold drink and quality hammock-time in the sunset-facing camp add a dash of style to the nights. Self-catered and self-guided, a visit to Domwe Island is ideal for active people who prefer doing their own thing. ... more   less 
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Domwe Island Adventure Camp Malawi/Cape Maclear

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