Located in eastern Malawi, in Lake Malawi National Park, off the Cape Maclear peninsular, Mumbo Island is one of a small handful of luxury lodges on the shores of Lake Malawi.
Approached by means of 45 minute boat journey, and then by way of a rope bridge, the main lodge is situated in a sandy cove on Mumbo Island, while the 6 sleeping tents occupy prime spots – atop giant boulders – on a nearby island, and command stunning views of the lake. A canvas, thatch and wood build, the main lodge consists of a lounge, bar and dining area, decking, water sport gazebo and a fire pit. Open sided, characterised by wooden flooring, cane seating, low tables, loungers, a ramp approach, the main lodge or chitenje is a lovely place to relax, eat and take cover from the midday sun. The cuisine is fish based, with local produce brought in daily from the mainland.
Accessed via a narrow wooden walkway, the so-called chalet island is just as beautiful. Raised on wooden platforms, and protected by thatched roofs, the en-suite sleeping tents themselves are relatively simple affairs. Complete with a hammock bedecked verandha, twin bed, lightweight chairs, spirit lamps (there is no electricity on Mumbo island) and a side table, each room’s floor is covered with hand-woven rugs, while it’s private bathroom – long drop toilet, screened off bucket shower, sink – is to the rear, at the end of another walkway. Please note that one of the rooms is a family size unit. Well kept, clean and comfortable, the rooms at Mumbo Lodge are perfectly adequate, and more about the location, the all round experience, then they are gold tap luxury.
Situated within the first freshwater marine reserve in the world, activities include diving, snorkelling, island hopping, bird watching and kayaking.