Kaya Mawa is a Lake Malawi island getaway on Likoma Island offering everything you could want for a relaxing and romantic retreat.
Translated from Chinyanja, the local dialect, Kaya Mawa means ‘maybe tomorrow’. Providing a secluded luxury Lake Malawi island accommodation in traditional surroundings, Kaya Mawa is the ultimate Lake Malawi island lodge on Likoma Island.
Built by hand, in partnership with the local community, this Malawi island lodge imaginatively incorporates luxury and simplicity without intruding on the natural beauty of its surroundings.
Getting to Likoma Island
Malawi International Airport is situated in the capital, Lilongwe. Privately chartered flights run directly to Likoma Island, a journey of just 50 minutes. Malawi International also serves Mfuwe in the impressive South Luangwa National Park, bringing these prestigious game reserves within an hours’ easy flying time.
Kaya Mawa is a spectacular Lake Malawi island resort with restaurants, direct beach access, and a spa, offering underwater, over water, on the water and on land activities.Whilst ensuring that the peace and tranquility of the lake remain undisturbed, Kaya Mawa provides excellent facilities for guests who wish to sail, windsurf and water-ski during their travel in Malawi. The enormous number and variety of fish in the lake allows unrivalled fresh water snorkeling and scuba diving, with instruction available to suit any standard.
This Lake Malawi island resort runs day and night boat safaris to Mozambique and the surrounding, uninhabited islands which are within easy reach, and the car-free island provides a perfect environment for guests to stroll into the pretty villages during their travel in Malawi
Diving at Kaya Mawa
Likoma and Chizumulu Islands are widely regarded as having the best diving in Lake Malawi. Up to 80% of the World’s aquarium fish come from here and over 800 species, many endemic to the lake, have been discovered to date. With no tides, no currents and the plus of freshwater, it is the ideal place for someone new to the sport to learn on their travels in Malawi
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Kaya Mawa beautifully located on Likoma Island, offering you romantic Malawi lodge accommodation and a hassle free holiday.
Likoma Island is located off the eastern shore of Lake Malawi and is a Malawian territory in Mozambican waters which is why it is closer to Mozambique than to mainland Malawi.
Malawi is dominated by Lake Malawi. Its huge dimensions (365 miles by 52 miles, and up to 800m deep) give it the incredible appeareance of a freshwater, inland sea. Its shoreline includes beautiful, untouched beaches and its crystal clear waters provide an abundance of wildlife including over 800 species of tropical freshwater fish, turtles, otters and varied birdlife.
The town is a 45 minute walk from Kaya Mawa, taking you through traditional fishing villages, across the Baobab plains to where the steamer stops twice a week. This is the only transport to and from mainland Malawi. It's a great opportunity to watch the hustle and bustle of Island life.
From the port it's a short stroll to the magnificent Cathedral which is over 100 years old and still one of the largest buildings in the country. The Cathedral is built on the site where the first missionaries witnessed witches being burnt at the stake. Hence the name Chipyela - 'The Place of Burning'.
In the hot season, take an umbrella as the heat can be fierce in the middle of the day. This Africa lodge will provide a guide if necessary but we recommend you explore on your own; the island is free of hustlers, curio-sellers and commission-men, if you get lost the islanders will usually go out of their way to show you the path home.
Khuyu : This chalet is closest to the restaurant and bar, boasting great views of the lake. The private deck is the ideal place for an afternoon in the sun or a romantic candlelit dinner. The spacious bedroom is complemented by an en-suite bathroom with a shower and bath.
Mbungu - Boasting lake views from its elevated position on the rocks, this chalet looks out to the neighbouring island, Chizimulu. The private outdoor seating area leads to the lake via a private staircase.
Msekwa - Keen photographers will enjoys this chalet's position on the edge of the lake. The outdoor bath and shower is positioned on the private deck that is accessible from the bedroom.
Nhkwazi - Boasting 180 degree views of the lake, this room has a private plunge pool perfect for 2.
Mbamba - Your private room has panoramic views of Lake Malawi and a plunge pool.
Makengulu - A wooden bridge leads you over the lake to your private island to a room covered in bougainvillea.
Ngani - Nestled on the second beach, this room's bed is raised to provide spectacular views of the lake from bed. The plunge pool and deck is the ideal spot for afternoon relaxation.
Madimba - Madimba has a spacious bedroom, sundowners spot, twin showers and a bath with a view. The sitting room has a bar, ideal for relaxing indoors with great lake views.
Mainja - This 2-bedroom house with a private plunge pool is ideal for families or friends.
Yofu - This house is surrounded by lush vegetation and has 2 separate chalets that can accommodate 4 guests. The bathroom has a shower and a bath.
Ulissa - A family of 5 can be accommodate din the 2 bedrooms that share an interconnecting bathroom.