Mumbo Island: For Fresh Water Fun

The world’s first freshwater tropical isle is a verdant gem sitting solo in the expansive cool haze of the Lake Malawi National Park. This remote island boasts smooth sands, giant boulders, acres of green and the clearest gin-colored waters that beseech you to dive straight in, come sun or starlight. Those seeking a desert island dream that doesn’t leave a footprint on the world will adore the green ethos of Mumbo Island.

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This is a place as far from the grid as you can imagine, there are no tourist hordes snapping photos, no ultra-luxury lodges that leave a mark and no infective plumbing or electricity systems in place. As you can imagine Mumbo Island is not for the faint of heart but for those who believe in beautiful places, complete serenity and a touch of wilderness to make the magic happen.

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Warm crystalline waters surround you at every turn making it the perfect place to swim and splash to your heart’s content, to rent a kayak and explore the cloaked coves and deep dark caves and to see spectacular sights that are sure to blow you away.

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With a bounty of boulders beneath the blue, this is another inspiring spot to test your snorkeling and diving skills. Thousands of tropical freshwater fish drift in schools beneath the surface and will curiously come and nibble your toes rather than fleeing at first sight.

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The island of Mumbo seems to be heaven sent and holds no dangerous mammals or slippery snakes. Only the native spot necked otters splash playfully in the waters. This means that guests can wander at their leisure into the midst of the leafy greens, stumbling through the maze-like hiking trails and getting lost in the African wilderness.

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After a Zen-like day kayaking into grottos, snorkeling around boulders and walking through the bird-filled forests you can sit on the wooden deck playing chess with the locals watching the night sky become glazed with a plethora of wild and untamed stars.

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
Jodie Oakes