Cape Cottage | Cape Maclear
Cape Cottage is on the beach next to Kayak Africa’s reception and is a decorated in our simple, yet comfortable style. Bed linen is pure white cotton, fabrics are locally sourced and the building is a mix of brickwork and reed with a high thatch roof to keep it cool. The cottage layout is a large open-plan room with a spacious verandah opening out onto the beach. Take your meals on the verandah table, or visit one of the many local restaurants.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Domwe Island Lodge | Cape Maclear
Domwe Island is the largest wild and unpopulated island in Lake Malawi.
Domwe Island Adventure Camp is the only development on the island. The camp lies behind a small beach on the island’s west side and offers sunset views over the lake with Thumbi Island, Mumbo Island and the mountainous rim of the African Rift Valley in the distance.
The camp has capacity for only ten guests. It is basic yet exclusive and “castaway adventure” is the theme. Guests can stay on either a fully-catered or self-catered basis, and all gear hire is optional, thus making Domwe Island accessible to a wide range of budgets.
Domwe Island is ideal for active guests who love nature. The island’s size and wildness will delight those with a penchant for exploration, while the remoteness and tranquility of the island also offer many opportunities for quiet contemplation of this unique and stunning piece of nature.
Domwe Island is part of the Lake Malawi National Park and falls within Kayak Africa’s exclusive concession area, guaranteeing privacy in paradise.
The safari tents on Domwe Island are walk-in tents, situated on a generously sized wooden deck with a high thatched roof. They are fully furnished with 2 single beds, made up with crisp pure white cotton sheets and duvet, a kikoi for use on the beach and a bath sheet. They have two comfy chairs and all decks have a hammock for chilling on the deck in comfort.
The tent sites on Domwe are spacious thatched wooden decks, equipped with a hammock for lounging.
You can bring your own tents and equipment or you can hire the whole lot from us and have it already set up for you when you arrive.
Balcony / Deck, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Shared Ablutions, Verandah
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
Mumbo Island Camp | Mumbo Island
Mumbo is a pristine island in Lake Malawi National Park which, with its crystal clear waters and innumerable species of cichlid fish, offers some of the best freshwater scuba diving in the world and the best snorkelling on the Lake.
The island lies 10km north-west of Cape Maclear, where reception and the nearest point of road access is located. The camp comprises five units (two twin tents and three twin reed chalets) perched on rocks high above the water shaded by lush foliage, each with bucket showers, ‘eco-loos’ and wooden deck. A hammock provides a comfortable spot to take in the idyllic Lake view. A twin-tented family unit is tucked into the forest near the main beach. There is a dining area, bar and watersport gazebo of timber and thatch.
Activities here vary from lazing in a hammock to snorkelling, diving, swimming, kayaking, walking and birdwatching. Guests have the option of boating or paddling to explore the granitic islands of the Lake.
There are five twin bedded tents. Please note that the single beds can be pushed together to make a double bed.
There is one family tent with four single beds. Please note that the single beds can be pushed together to make a double bed.
Bar, Eco Friendly, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Balcony / Deck, En-Suite
Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Laundry Service
The protected waters of Lake Malawi National Park bring kayaking within reach of anyone, irrespective of fitness or experience. The two-person kayaks are large and stable, and the guides are local residents with an intimate knowledge of the area. Guests with a sense of adventure have the option of kayaking out to Mumbo Island from reception on the beach at Cape Maclear. Guides are available on request.
Lake Malawi supports over 2 000 species of freshwater fish – a greater variety than any other lake on Earth. Snorkelling through the islands calm, warm and crystal-clear waters, where the colourful Cichlid fish, coupled with the massive granite boulders that make up much of the underwater terrain, make for a truly remarkable and unusual snorkeling experience. The island’s only mammals - the Spotted-neck Otter - are remarkably tame and sometimes join guests for a swim or snorkel! All equipment is provided.
Experience an underwater world of giant granite boulders and hundreds of multi-coloured freshwater tropical fish! Lake Malawi is a great place to Scuba dive, ideally suited to beginners or those who prefer relaxed diving with no dangers. Mumbo is a PADI registered resort, offering beginner, advanced and specialty courses, as well as gear hire and casual dives. At additional cost (includes equipment hire).
Five different nature trails weave their way through the massive granite boulders that constitute the island. The island is heavily wooded, hosting baobab (Adansonia digitata) and several species of Ficus, Sterculia, Khaya, Albizia and Brachystegia. A map is provided in every tent and extras are available at the bar. There are no poisonous snakes or dangerous animals on Mumbo, so you can walk anywhere with confidence and are rewarded by magnificent views. Our guide will take a guided walk every morning at 9:30 on request.
Of course no visit to Mumbo Island is complete without taking the opportunity to just relax and unwind. The sense of peace and tranquility, provided by the islands location, makes it the perfect place to simply lie back and take in the breathtaking scenery of Lake Malawi. Whether it be swinging in the hammock on your private deck overlooking the lake; reading a book in the comfy shaded lounge deck; or learning to play the local game of bawo, Mumbo Island is a place where you can experience total relaxation.
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 6
Special Interests: Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Watersports, Wildlife