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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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Domwe Island is situated 5km from Cape Maclear in Southern Malawi.


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Hotel Address: Southern Lakeshore, Cape Maclear

Getting there

Travelling from Lilongwe, you take the M14 East to Salima then turn right before entering Salima and follow the M5 towards Balaka and follow signs to Monkey Bay. About 70 km along the M5 take the second left hand turn marked Monkey Bay. At the t-junction you turn left towards Monkey Bay and then take a left hand turn marked Cape Maclear. At the end of this dirt track you will reach Chembe Village and Lake Malawi- follow signs to Kayak Africa. Here you will be met at reception (you can leave your car securely here), and transferred either by boat or kayak to Domwe Island.

Kayak (one way double or single) - Per kayak per night - $30
Motor-boat transfer (one way; maximum six people) - Per boat - $30

If you would like to go by Kayak but have a lot of luggage you can also hire the boat for your supplies.

Please note the best place to stop for food supplies is Salima (Lilongwe direction) or Zomba (Blantyre direction).

Boat transfer times vary so please enquire with responsible safari company before departure.

Please note the track to Cape Maclear can be impassable by saloon car in the rainy season. Please enquire with responsible safari company before departure.