All about Kayak Africa - our history and who we are and how we came to be here


Kayak Africa is an adventure-safari operator specialising in sea kayak and small boat safaris on Lake Malawi, and hike-bike-kayak safaris around Southern Malawi. Our reception looks out over Lake Malawi from the beach at Cape Maclear, and our tour operator division in Cape Town can help you get there.

Our Island Camps

Indulge your Castaway Fantasy from the luxury of the private island camp on Mumbo Island and Domwe Island. Ideal for honeymooners, couples, families or groups of friends. For the sporty there is sea kayaking, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and beachcombing. Alternatively seek out a shady hammock or hideaway next to the water and just “time-out”. You decide!

Activity-Sport Tours

Malawi offers exceptional opportunities for active multi-sport tours through a secure and real African landscape. Mountain-bike the limitless footpaths and tracks that criss-cross the south-central African bush; hike the giant granite massif of Mulanje Mountain – at 3001m the highest peak in south-central Africa; then kayak among the islands and peninsulas of the Lake Malawi National Park.


Sea kayak safaris and small-boat cruises to the places between the places that tourists normally go. Do not expect a hotel! That said, it is not about suffering. The boat-supported trips are for any camping enthusiast or inquisitive sort; while the kayak-only trips offer fit or experienced paddlers 250km of the real thing on the best sea-kayaking route in Southern Africa!

A History of Kayak Africa

Kayak Africa were first awarded the concession to both Mumbo and Domwe islands in 1996 and have operated the camps on the islands since that time. The islands are remarkable in that they have been lying like jewels in the turquoise waters of Lake Malawi almost forever and yet have never been populated. Both islands are almost completely unspoilt and look the same today as they always have, apart from an eco-friendly camp on each, constructed to cause minimal impact on the environment.