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Domwe Island

Sample Price: $60
Price Basis: pppn, self catering
No. of Rooms: 3
Type: Camp

Domwe Island


Domwe Island offers visitors a unique combination of island and African bush environments. Domwe is the largest island in Lake Malawi, with a circumference of 11km and a highest point 400m above lake level. It is separated from the mainland by the narrow Ilala Gap which, due to fluctuations in lake level over the millennia, has been dry on several occasions. As a result Domwe Island, unlike all other Lake Malawi islands, is well populated with mammals which have crossed onto the island during these dry times.

Domwe Island Adventure Camp is basic yet exclusive. It lies behind a small beach on the island’s west side. The camp is run on a self-catered basis, with guests making use of the kitchen facilities to prepare their own meals. The kitchen has two full-time staff members, and is fully stocked with fridges, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery. Accommodation consists of three fully-furnished safari tents and two tent sites, complemented by a dining area with bar and a water sport gazebo.

The Island lies within an exclusive concession area, in turn part of the Lake Malawi National Park, the first freshwater marine reserve in the world. With crystal clear waters and innumerable species of cichlid fish, the National Park offers what is often considered the best freshwater SCUBA diving in the world.

Domwe Island is ideal for active guests and those that love observing nature. The island’s size and height permit extensive and challenging nature trails, and kayaking it’s lengthy shoreline will delight those with a with a penchant for exploration. In between all the activity guests can relax in tranquil surroundings with shady and secluded hammocks and shimmering waters as the sun sets behind the distant mountains that make up the far side of the lake.

360° images of the Basecamp and Baobab View can be viewed on Virtual Malawi.

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