Mumbo Island

Mumbo Island is a 40-minute boat ride from the mainland. Let it take you away from modern distractions, mobile phones and normal hectic life. Instead, enjoy walks on the white sandy beach, a glass of good wine as the sun sets, and crystal clear blue water- where you don’t even need a snorkel mask to see the fish! Take a good book or kayak round the island and simply enjoy the rustic nature of the island and the stunning views.

Why we love Mumbo Island!

‘Mumbo has the clearest azure water so you can see all the colourful fish. With a rustic island feel I can have no distractions, enjoying the lake for what it is and have a digital detox- much needed for me!’

Last visited by Mike Varndell, Managing Founder – July 2019

Such a memorable experience on Mumbo island over a 2-night stay in January 2018. Views from the island’s chalets are breathtaking. The beach is superb one can sit on it all day which is what we did, save for the times we were in the water stand up paddle boarding (my first time and I loved it 😊) swimming and kayaking. Truly a hidden gem on lake Malawi. 

Tapiwa, Sales & Reservations – Jan 2018

Fast Facts


Mumbo Island, Cape Maclear


5 en-suite water facing eco-friendly safari tents & 1 family unit in the forest

Great for

Rustic island paradise and digital detoxing!

Children welcome

Yes. Of all ages


End of Feb – mid Jan

Ideal length of stay

2-3 nights





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Lodge Key Features

Clear water and views

If you have ever dreamed of a private island with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, Mumbo will perfectly fulfil this dream. The views, simply put, are stunning. The chalets are perched atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the blue lake and you can see the small colourful cichlid fish from your room! Whilst the rooms are rustic with a focus on eco-friendly construction, you have your own Robinson Crusoe style chalet with a comfy bed, en-suite bathroom with bucket shower and long drop loos. All in all, the perfect island escape!

Cichlid fish

Mumbo is THE spot to snorkel on the lake. With crystal clear water you barely need a mask to see the colourful fish. Lake Malawi is home to over 500 species of endemic Cichlid fish and whilst it may not be the ocean, Lake Malawi has a very healthy population of fish which make for a unique snorkeling experience! Take the snorkeling masks to explore the rocky realms around the island and in the protected bay to see the amazing freshwater fish for yourselves!

Digital detox

In a roundabout turn of events from lodges desperately trying to have internet and cell signal for their clients, a new trend has emerged for places where you can digitally detox. Get away from beeping phones, endless emails and the monotonous scroll of social media on your island paradise with no signal and no Wi-Fi, in fact, there is no electricity! But don’t let that put you off… Eat dinner under bright stars and candlelight, watch fish eagles as they swoop in to catch fish, kayak around the island looking for otters and spend quality time with your loved ones away from modern distractions.

Client Reviews

  • Wow

    This place is seriously dreamy. Stunning setting, lovely climate, wonderful cool clear waters, beautiful rooms with incredible views, excellent service. If you come in the dry season then it won’t be nearly as green as the marketing pictures, but it was beautiful anyway. Waking up to fresh coffee on the stairs to our hut, and little birds visiting our balcony; reading in a hammock overlooking the clear blue waters; having G&Ts made for us on a sunset boat trip – it was one of the best experiences of my life.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Superb

    Mumbo would be one of our top 3 beach experiences. Basically everything was perfect. The cabins are great, food very tasty the staff and manger excellent. On top of that you are on a stunning island with only 10-15 other guests, the water is great with very good snorkeling. In addition there is abundant bird life and resident otters among others animals.

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Paradise!

    I just completed my second trip to Mumbo Island. (I went for the first time on a solo trip in 2017). I cannot express in words how tranquil, safe, and heavenly this place is. I will say this is a place to literally unplug (no electricity, no wifi, no cell service) and enjoy your liberation from 21st century living. Accommodations are rustic, but comfortable and clean. This is a place where you quickly forget about time and schedules…. it is wonderful ! Activities include kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and enjoying life on a hammock and star gazing. This eco-friendly experience is Swiss Family Robinson combined with Fatasy Island. Do not change a thing.

    A TripAdvisor Member

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B18 Golden Peacock center, Lilongwe, Malawi
Call Malawi office: +265 177 1789
Call US office: +502 871 50 31
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Team Contact

Tapiwa, Sales & Reservations Manager: +265 992 393 376
Chifundo, Senior Reservations Consultant: +265 998 393 673
Ronald, Finance Manager: +265 991 667 078
Eddie, Operations: +265 999 772 788