Mumbo Island is one of those places that you wake up every morning, and stand on your balcony saying "how did I never know this place existed?" Its tempting to keep these kind of places secret so that they stay unspoiled, and so far Mumbo Island shows absolutely no sign of being anything but a serene paradise.
From the moment you arrive at the departure point at Cape Maclear the beauty of the entire area is astounding. The lake stretching beyond the horizon, little frothy waves lapping on the sand and the friendly welcoming committee handing you a cold drink for the trip.
We spent 5 nights on the island and could probably have stayed longer it went too quickly. The Island is truly a relaxed "Robinson Crusoe" experience in all the best ways. Absolutely no electricity (so charge your e-reader before you come otherwise it has to go back to the mainland for charging), dry-compost toilets, and bucket showers make this a very back to nature experience. Only 2G on the phone also means that its only phone calls and no emails. The simple bamboo and thatch huts with hammocks, comfortable deck chairs and stunning, stunning views means its tempting to spend all your time in your hut - and why not? We are generally not room dwellers when on holidays but we found ourselves just sitting for hours on our deck watching the lake and its goings-on. Coffee and simple biscuits are delivered every morning at 6:30am, so if the sunrise hasn't woken you up through the bamboo walls the coffee man gets your day going early.
Meals are simple with little choice but we enjoyed everything that was served and never went hungry. To be honest with no electricity the chef is a genius turning out a parade of tasty meals and snacks.
While on the Island we did our Padi Open Water certification and had a ball with our instructor Patrick, and helper Freddie. If your a scuba dive this place is a rare treat - fresh water, no hippos or crocs and full of beautiful aquarium fish including the quite astounding mouth-breaders! If your aren't into scuba snorkelling is just as good and kayaks are available to go to one of the more remote areas of the island. No motorised water sports (thank goodness) but that makes Mumbo all the better in my book.
In summary, I've travelled many places and seen many things but this place has lodged itself in my brain never to be forgotten. And I couldn't think of a better to thing to have in there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a pristine, practically deserted tropical island, the eco-friendly Mumbo Camp is surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Lake Malawi National Park is the first in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish and therefore, not surprisingly, one of the best freshwater diving locations on the planet. To set the scene, your accommodation – one of six en-suite tents – is perched on rocks high above the water and shaded by lush foliage. With an idyllic lake view, you can while the hours away on the hammock on your private deck. Refreshments are served in the dining area and pub. Be warned, this lazy island lifestyle is contagious!Did you know?Mumbo Island Camp has partnered with Malawi's Department of National Parks and Wildlife to put an end to illegal fishing operations in this sanctuary.Lake Malawi is Africa's third largest and second deepest lake. Mumbo is just one of the miombo woodland islands that pepper the lake. Your activities include scuba diving and snorkelling, while kayaking and boating allow you to explore the surrounding granitic islands.Over 2 000 species of colourful freshwater fish grace our lake. Spotted-necked otter are often seen while the rarer Cape clawless otter, less so. On the island you can see rainbow skinks and large water monitors. Bird life is abundant, dominated by the ever-present African Fish-Eagles. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mumbo Island Malawi/Cape Maclear