MUMBO ISLAND, LAKE MALAWI
For a different kind of beach holiday, Mumbo Island is only one kilometre in diameter and is surrounded by the calm, clear waters of Lake Malawi.
Whether you wish to snorkel through a network of underwater boulders or laze around on canoes, a stay at the Lake Malawi National Park provides a closer look at nature in its unspoilt state. Innumerable species of colourful cichlid fish call the lake's pristine depths their home, and many would attest that the Lake of Stars offers the best freshwater snorkelling and scuba diving in the world.
Just across the border in Zambia, South Luangwa National Park offers some of the best walking safaris in the world, making the ideal bush accompaniment for those who are looking for a bit more adventure after the beach.
FUN FACT: Mumbo Island is one of three islands on Lake Malawi, but it is the only one that is not settled by communities. The other two, Likomo and Chizumulu, have always maintained a consistent human presence, and were even visited by explorer, David Livingstone.
WHEN TO GO: Make the island your home-away-from-home from May to late October.
WHERE TO STAY: 14 guests can stay on this piece of paradise in tastefully furnished walk-in tents at Mumbo Island Camp, which is completely sustainable and can boast many 'green' credentials. The goal at this tropical island paradise is to keep the environment as pristine as possible. Perched high on rocks overlooking the water, a holiday here is the perfect way to disconnect, unwind and feel just like Robinson Crusoe.