Local School Children Visit Mumbo Island
Twenty four students and six teachers from Cape Maclear Primary School enjoyed a day trip to Mumbo Island this month.
Schools in Malawi re-opened on 3 September after the long holiday. From last semester's examination results, Cape Maclear Primary School chose the best three students from every class (1 to 8) to be rewarded for their excellent results with an excursion to Mumbo.
The students were given a tour around the island, soft drinks, lunch and the opportunity to enjoy Mumbo's beach by swimming, kayaking and snorkeling. The students were also given a special lesson on wildlife conservation from a park and wildlife assistant who accompanied them on the trip.
This is the second year that Kayak Africa has offered these excursions and so far over a hundred local children have had the opportunity to visit the islands. We hope that these visits will foster an understanding of the value of ecotourism and conservation of unspoilt natural areas near the village.
Past Guests Make Wonderful Donation to Vision's Orphans
The Chalker family, who recently stayed on Mumbo Island, put together a massive load of toys, clothes and gear to donate to Vision's orphanage in Cape Maclear, which they had read about in our Guide to Mumbo booklet.
Simon Chalker works in the courier business and organised to get the boxes flown to Lilongwe Airport. Kayak Africa then delivered the boxes to Vision in Cape Maclear. Vision runs an informal feeding scheme for vulnerable children in the village. His only sponsor is Kayak Africa which supports him with monthly donations and buying the vegetables which he and the children grow in their garden. The Chalker family's donation of toys and clothes is a rare and wonderful opportunity for these children to receive new clothes and, for some of them, their first toy.