Is Mumbo Island one of my Top 100 places to go in the world…..YES absolutely!
People often ask me where is the best place I have been and when reeling off my personal favourites Mumbo Island is definitely in the Top Ten.
Chosen as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World in the 2012 UK Sunday Times Travel Magazine, it was one of only 10 hotels from ‘Africa & Middle East’. This is what they said:
“Fancy an island almost to yourself? This uninhabited dollop is laden with delicate miombo woodland, all edged by neon green waters. There are only seven tents, with hammocks and hot-bucket showers. It often feels as though it’s just you and the crickets. Oh, and the playful otters which like to join guests for afternoon dips.”
Unlike most other island destinations in the region, Mumbo Island has never been populated and is still in its natural state. This, together with the focus on non-motorised watersports, makes Mumbo Island ideal for the active outdoors enthusiast. At the same time the remoteness and tranquillity means that there is no shortage of relaxation opportunities. All itineraries are suitable for anyone who is in good health and all activities are optional.
Here’s a link to Kayak Africa website who created this amazing place, which is now managed by Wilderness Safarias. I’d book through Kayak Africa because I know the owner who’s an honest surf dude family man.
Mumbo was one of only a few hotels to also be listed in the visual awards feature and I certainly found it was impossible to take a bad picture here. Kayak Africa even used this picture below for the front cover of their brochure (once they had photoshopped out my black body suit drying on the front of the boat). This pic was taken when the little bridge connecting the big (small) island to the little (tiny) island where the tented camp is. The man wading through the shallows is bringing lunch over to the island. Life is good on Mumbo!