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Mumbo Island Escape


Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi, Malawi

from US$ 746 per person sharing

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Mumbo Island Escape

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Indication Price (from): US$ 746 per person sharing *view all prices and dates

Length: 5 days

Group Size: Flexible – you tell us how many in your party

Location: Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Departure Dates: To suit you

INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Need to unwind for a while, or rinse off all that dust from your bush safari? Look no further, because Mumbo Island on Lake Malawi is just what the doctor ordered, and it is just a hop, skip and a jump from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and even Tanzania!

This heavenly tropical island on the expansive waters of Lake Malawi National Park is not only pristine, but it is also uninhabited – unlike most other island destinations in the region. Thanks to its non-motorised water sports policy, Mumbo is ideal for the outdoor-lover who is seeking a truly relaxing piece of paradise in its most natural state.

Day 1: Depart for Mumbo Island

Depart Johannesburg in South Africa, arrive in Lilongwe (by air) and transfer to Cape Maclear (by road). Then hop onto a boat and make a quick transfer to Mumbo Island.

Day 2, 3, 4: Ultimate relaxation on Mumbo Island on Lake Malawi

Spend three full days relaxing and enjoying Mumbo Island and Lake Malawi at its fullest.

Read what a previous guest had to say about their stay:

“Over the years we have been to Bon Bon Island off Gabon, the Seychelles, Bazaruto in Mozambique, Mauritius, Maldives, and many others. Not one of them comes close to Mumbo Island – it’s insanely beautiful wherever you look. And what the photos don’t tell you is how cool the people treat you – not too in your face or fussy, just there to look after you whenever you need it.”

On Mumbo Island barefoot luxury is the theme – there is everything you need and nothing that you don’t. The camp is built using only reeds, timber, thatch and canvas and the emphasis is on the beauty provided by Mother Nature. The rooms are perched on high rocks overlooking the water and blend in with the African bush to create a Robinson Crusoe atmosphere of rustic charm.

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

Day 5: Depart from Mumbo Island

Cruise back to Cape Maclear (by boat) and transfer to Lilongwe (by road) for your departing flight back to Johannesburg.

Indication Price (from): US$ 746 per person sharing (see below for further pricing where relavant)

Departure Dates: To suit you

High Season
1 July 2021 – 31 October 2021 US$ 776 per person sharing
Low Season
22 February 2021 – 30 June 2021 / 1 November 2021 – 13 January 2022 US$ 746 per person sharing

NOTE: Due to constantly evolving COVID related safety measures, please take the above costings as indicative, since extra nights in Lilongwe prior to your return flight may be required whilst awaiting flight clearance PCR test results.

Price includes:

Meet and greet at Lilongwe Airport, return airport transfer and return scheduled boat transfers, three meals per day and bottomless cups of tea, coffee and juice. Accommodation in large walk-in double/twin tents. Full use of double kayak and snorkelling equipment. National park fees and 24/7 office support. Special/unscheduled boat transfers are available on request at extra cost.

Price excludes:

International flights, visas, airport departure taxes, personal items, laundry, telephone calls, scuba diving, other drinks other than those specified above, travel and medical insurance, tips, excess baggage charges, any activities not specified.

INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Introduction

Mumbo Island lies about 10km northwest of Cape Maclear in the south of Lake Malawi National Park, which is in turn, at the southernmost extreme of the African Rift Valley.

There is lots to do on Mumbo Island, from snorkelling and swimming to kayaking, scuba diving, nature trails, relaxing, reading, writing and of course, quality hammock time.

Accommodation

Mumbo Island’s camp is built from local materials and is perched high on rocks overlooking the water, while also 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 is fully netted with its own 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 made on the island, and the kikoi throws are sourced from Kenya.

Mumbo’s efforts to cater for every comfort, whilst keeping everything as simple and local as possible, are evident wherever you look.

Additional Information

About our beach extensions: This beach extension can be added onto our nearby South Luangwa Photo Safari, forming the ideal bush and beach break.

How to get there: There are scheduled one-hour flights from South Luangwa National Park to Lilongwe in Malawi. Once in Lilongwe, you can either take a 40-minute domestic Air Malawi flight to Club Makokola or Monkey Bay, followed by an hour’s drive to Cape Maclear, or you can travel overland by car.

Alternatively, one can drive from Lilongwe to Mumbo Island’s reception office at Cape Maclear, it takes about three-and-a-half-hours thanks to most of the journey being on newly tarred roads. The final stretch from Cape Maclear to Mumbo Island is a short 10km boat cruise, or you could even kayak if you are feeling energetic.

Flights: We offer flight reservations to South African residents for whom we can get good local rates if flying with South African Airways. The cost is a approximately R7,350 including taxes, but should we get a better rate we will factor it in.

Level of difficulty: Easy (no fitness or experience required).

Group size: Mumbo can accommodate a maximum of 14 people; individual travellers welcome.

Options: Get yourself there; add or remove nights to fit your itinerary or budget (talk to us). If you have the time and stamina, discover the nearby Domwe Island; add some scuba diving; or add on other destinations in Malawi.

Departure dates: Any day of the week.

Departure point: OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Finish point: OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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

From March to May Mumbo enjoys 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 for 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 south-east trade winds can occur and can be quite strong.

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 and it brings 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 trees are clad with fresh, green leaves.

Booking and payment details: Once you have decided to join this safari, you will need to contact us for a booking form, which will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc. As our groups are small they fill up quickly.

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