An overwhelmingly beautiful eco-paradise, where timber poles, canvas, thatch and wooden decks have been cleverly blended with lush island vegetation and terrain make up the two island retreats of Mumbo and Domwe. The result is a rustic hideaway that will satisfy the most unrealistic romantic expectations.
The island actually delivers the dreams of an idyllic island set like a jewes in aquamarine waters. Enjoy kayaking on cobalt waters in the golden haze of an African sunset, surreal snorkelling in the psychedelic atmosphere created by neon-coloured fish, or just lazing in a hammock shroud looking out on an impossibly blue vista.
An efficient but unobtrusive staff runs Mumbo. They magically produce the most amazing meals, load up the primitive but effective showers, and light the oil-fired lanterns that enhance the Utopian ambience. There's also a highly professional team of well-trained instructors supervising the aqua activities, and I can't think of a better place to learn how to scuba-dive.
At Mumbo, a walkway of planks lead out to an offshore islet which is home to a luxury tented camp in true upmarket safari style, with fresh Malawi coffee and home-made cinnamon biscuits waiting on the table. Unlike most island destinations in the region, Mumbo Island has never been populated by humans and is still in its natural state. This, together with the focus on non-motorised water sports, makes Mumbo Island ideal both for those who seek relaxation in a remote area and the active outdoors enthusiast.
The tented camp, accommodating 14 guests, comprises tastefully furnished, spacious tents with seperate hot bucket showers and ‘eco-loos’. Each tent is perched on rocks high above the water, tucked into the lush foliage with its own shaded viewing deck and hammock taking in the view out over the Lake. There is a dining area, bar and water sport gazebo, all of timber, thatch and canvas, and all adhering to the principles of eco-architecture. To preserve as light a footprint as possible, there is no electricity on the island, with gas, hurricane lanterns and solar powered lights used instead.
The tents are on wooden platforms overlooking the water; you can lie in your hammock in the moonlight, listening to wavelets beneath you. Each tent is carefully set to offer privacy and exclusivity.
Each room has a view of the lake with a hammock on the verandah. The shower is an experience! It is set under a baobab tree and warm water must be ordered 10 minutes before a shower. This is then prepared and placed in a bucjet shower. You are called when it is ready. Cold showers are always available. The toilet operates on an environmentally friendly system that does no damage to the sensitive eco sytem. The island has national park status and a finely balanced eco system.
The main areas consist of a lounge and dining area with traditional games - the perfect place to spend those lazy afternoons. Coffee and tea making facilities are available as well as a cool box filled with soft drinks and beers.