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Mumbo Island on Lake Malawi is just what the doctor ordered - UNINHABITED and far from the stresses of everyday life. But not too far - there are easy flight connections from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and even Tanzania!

This heavenly tropical island on the expansive waters of Lake Malawi enforces a non-motorised water sports policy - ideal for the outdoor lover who is seeking a truly relaxing piece of paradise in its most natural state.

Did someone say Robinson Crusoe?

Escape to an uninhabited island paradise in Lake Malawi to unwind and detox


Length: 6 days / 5 nights - tell us if you need more time in paradise!
Group Size: Flexible - up to 14 guests
Location: Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi, Malawi
Departure Dates: To suit you

from US$ 1,530 per person sharing (6 days)

Prices and dates

Per person sharing

Jan to Jun 2024


Jul to Dec 2024


- Meet & greet & Lilongwe Airport
- Road transfer from Lilongwe Airport to Burley House
- 1 night accommodation at Burley House including:
- Dinner, bed & breakfast
- Taxes & tourism levies
- Road transfer from Burley House to Cape Maclear - lunch on this day is for your own account.
- Return boat transfer from Cape Maclear to Mumbo Island
- 4 nights accommodation in an Island Chalet at Mumbo Island including:
- National Park Fees & taxes
- Three meals per day, tea & coffee
- Kayak and snorkelling gear rental
- Road transfer from Cape Maclear to Lilongwe

- International flights & departure taxes
- Excess weight charges
- Visas
- Travel and medical insurance
- Bar drinks
- SCUBA diving
- Sailing
- Wellness therapies
- Items of a personal nature
- Gratuities

Mumbo Island lies about 10km northwest of Cape Maclear in the south of Lake Malawi at the southernmost extreme of the African Rift Valley.

The island is ideal for couples, families and friends. For the sporty, there is kayaking, snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving and walks in the stunning island forest. Or flop into a shady hammock and chill. You decide! On the island, your time is your own – let the gentle rhythms of the lake and island restore your sense of peace.

Mumbo Island Camp, made from local materials, is perched high on rocks overlooking the water while blending into the lush foliage to create a Robinson Crusoe feel.

The reed chalets and walk-in tents are situated on the tiny islet of “Jumbo”, which is easily reached by a wooden bridge from Mumbo’s main beach. The dining area, bar, lounge and family tent are all tucked into the forest on the main island.

Chalets are set as far apart from one another as possible to guarantee privacy, and each chalet has mosquito nets, en suite bathroom, deck with a hammock, and a spectacular view over the turquoise waters of Lake Malawi. Bed linens are 100% cotton, grass mats and cane furniture are made locally, the water bottles and glasses are recycled wine bottles, and the kikoi throws are sourced from Kenya.

Best time to visit: Please note that Mumbo closes for the rainy season - from mid-January until the end of February.

From March to May, expect the occasional downpour, but it is generally warm and calm on the lake. The vegetation is lush and green, the air is clear, and fluffy cumulonimbus clouds make fantastic sunsets. Considering all of these factors, this is a highly recommended time to visit.

June to August is technically winter, but thanks to Mumbo’s tropical location, the mild temperatures still make it a very agreeable time of year. However, occasional southeast trade winds can occur.

September to November is hot, dry, calm and hazy. However, the heat can be easily offset with a swim or a snorkel safari in the lake, so it is still a good time to visit.

December is spring on the island, bringing the occasional rain shower. It is a very good time to visit as the heat is not as intense, the bush is alive with song and blossoming flowers, and the trees are clad in fresh, green leaves.

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