Welcome to Mumbo Island!

Mumbo Island is a pristine and deserted tropical island floating on the expansive waters of the Lake Malawi National Park. With a maze of massive underwater boulders, innumerable species of colourful cichlid fish and calm, clear water, the National Park offers what many consider the best freshwater snorkeling and SCUBA diving in the world.

Mumbo Island is only 1km in diameter and has never been populated so it remains in a pristine, natural state. Kayak Africa run Mumbo as an entirely off grid, green camp so that it remains as unspoilt and perfect as it has been forever.

Enjoy sustainable tourism on remote uninhabited islands in the Lake Malawi National Park!


About the Camp

Mumbo Island Camp, accommodating fourteen guests, features tastefully furnished tents with shaded decks, hammocks, hot bucket showers and ‘eco-loos’, complemented by a dining area with bar and a watersport gazebo. The whole camp is built of timber, thatch and canvas, and is perched on high rocks overlooking the water, blending with the lush foliage to create a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ atmosphere of rustic charm. The island is located within an exclusive concession area, guaranteeing privacy in tropical island paradise.

Unlike many African lodges, the decor also maintains the ‘green’ ethos; almost all the furnishings are locally sourced and made either in the village or in Malawi.



Mumbo Island


Mumbo Island


What We Offer


Indulge your Castaway Fantasy from the luxury of the private island camp on Mumbo Island and Domwe Island. Ideal for honeymooners, couples, families or groups of friends.

For the sporty there is sea kayaking, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and beachcombing. Alternatively seek out a shady hammock or hideaway next to the water and just ‘time-out’. You decide!


Cape Cottage is Kayak Africa’s own beachfront accommodation in the village of Cape Maclear. It is a beautifully built reed and brick thatched cabana right on the beach within Kayak Africa’s reception compound.  The cottage is open plan and features a queen-size bed and a double bunk: ideal for a couple or a family of four. There is a fully-equipped kitchenette and a bathroom en suite with a shower and toilet. On the front deck is a dining table and chairs overlooking the lake; perfect for al fresco dinners. A converted wooden boat projects from the deck to form an ideal sundowner or stargazing spot. Many local restaurants and bars are within walking distance, otherwise you can self-cater, or hire a chef from us and have your meals on your deck. However you choose to do it, this is lakeshore accommodation at its best!


Our Cape Town booking office has more than twenty years of experience in getting our clients to Malawi! Our experienced travel consultants will answer any inquiries you may have on travel in Africa. Contact us for expert and one-stop service to get you to the islands and any other destinations in Malawi hassle-free!

Mumbo Island
Mumbo Island


Malawi offers exceptional opportunities for active multi-sport tours through a secure and real African landscape.

Mountain-bike the limitless footpaths and tracks that criss-cross the south-central African bush; hike the giant granite massif of Mulanje Mountain – at 3001m the highest peak in south-central Africa; then kayak among the islands and peninsulas of the Lake Malawi National Park.


Sea kayak safaris and small-boat cruises to the places between the places that tourists normally go. Do not expect a hotel!

That said, it is not about suffering. The boat-supported trips are for any camping enthusiast or inquisitive sort; while the kayak-only trips offer fit or experienced paddlers 250km of the real thing on the best sea-kayaking route in Southern Africa!

Mumbo Island
Mumbo Island