Mumbo Island is deserted save for the elegant tented camp of the same name.

Accommodation is in seven comfortable tents with hot bucket showers and 'eco-loos' perched above the water on the rocky shoreline. Each tent has its own shaded view-deck and hammock and like the dining room, bar and watersport banda, all are hand-built from timber, thatch and canvas. The emphasis throughout is on protecting the environment, and Mumbo Island Camp has strict eco-guidelines, blending into the environment to create a sense of rustic romance with minimal impact to the surroundings. Mumbo Island has remained unpopulated by humans and is still in its natural state awaiting exploration. There are many activities on offer, from diving or snorkelling through to swimming, birdwatching, and kayaking or boating around the granite islands of this freshwater Rift Valley lake. Twitchers will hopefully see African Fish-Eagles.

Why We Love It

This particular part of Lake Malawi is often considered the finest freshwater diving and snorkelling location on Earth.

Louise Fitzgerald, Original Traveller

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