Domwe Island is the largest unpopulated island in Lake Malawi and is separated from the mainland by a narrow gap. The camp on the island is very basic yet exclusive and even boats its very own private beach surrounded by rock formations. It is self-catered and a great place for those wanting a real African experience. There are 3 full furnished safari tents as well as 2 tent sites as well as a dining area with a bar; a rustic and peaceful getaway.
x3 Safari Tents, x2 Tent site (tent not included)
From $50 per person per night
Feb – Jan (closed mid Jan – mid Feb)
If you are heading to Domwe island then you are venturing away from all your luxuries, but you are getting the wild African experience with the gorgeous lake as your backdrop. Make your way to the island by boat or Kayak and make sure you bring everything you need with you as it is self-catered. The kitchen is stocked with fridges (run on solar), pots, pans as well as cutlery and crockery. If you need supplies then only 25km away is Cape Maclear and a very basic supermarket to get any extras you may need; it really is a great experience for the whole family!
At Domwe they want to make as little environmental impact as possible, keeping to and maintaining the nature of the island. The loos are dry composter toilets, once the waste is removed, its buried for a year and then used as compost in the gardens on the mainland. All kitchen waste is the same, or it is burned or recycled. Cooking is all done on gas stoves, water is pumped from the lake and then chlorinated on the island. Even the wooden decks and thatch on the safari tents are sourced locally. Domwe are definitely doing their bit for the environment!
Hidden in the woods and your very own private beach, this is a great little find at the lake. Enjoy the peace and quiet away from the busy outside world and take a couple of days to recuperate. If you have the energy then get into one of the kayaks and head to the gorgeous Mumbo Island across the way. The waters get clearer as you get close to the island and you can see the fish below your kayak, stop off and enjoy a snorkel or swim in the crystal clear waters.