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Domwe Island

Address: Southern Lakeshore, Cape Maclear view map

Domwe Island is basic but has the feeling of an exclusive private island. Run on a self-catered basis guests cook in the kitchen and there are two full-time members of staff to help. Domwe Island is the largest unpopulated island on Lake Malawi. It is 11 km circumference and 400 meters at the highest point. It is separated from the mainland by a narrow gap, which is great fun to kayak through. Due to its close distance to the mainland, there are many mammals which live there and cross the gap during dryer times. Domwe Island is part of Lake Malawi National Park.

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Community Projects: Cape Maclear Community Project; Lake Malawi Community Visit


Local Kayak Africa Staff

There are two full time members of staff to assist you on Domwe Island. Many a night has been spent swapping amazing stories with the local Kayak Africa Island staff. They are very good at being there when you need them to help make a fire on the beach or heat up water for a shower and are equally good at disappearing when you want to be alone and experience island life all on your own!

Let the staff know if you want them to come and find you when the resident civet cats appear for their evening leftovers!

Caring for Destination
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.

Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:

  • Power
  • Staff
  • Waste

Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:

Power: Domwe has no electricity and relies on paraffin lamps and candles.

Staff: All staff members employed on Domwe Island are local to the area.

Waste: All non-organic waste is taken by boat to be properly disposed of on the mainland.


Traveller Feedback
Score for how travellers see this initiative ... both in terms of impact and commitment.
Not impressed
3 out of 3 Fantastic
Mrs Maggie J.
- United Kingdom
on 29 Apr 2014
I felt the accommodation and facilities reflected the ethos of sustainable tourism.
Mrs Liz A.
- United Kingdom
on 04 Feb 2014
(Rated)
Ms Antonia H.
- Malawi
on 31 May 2013
(Rated)



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