Likoma Island, Malawi
Kaya Mawa is an utterly romantic hideaway lodge on Likoma Island, Lake Malawi.
There are eleven rooms, spread out around two beaches and a rocky knoll, all offering spectacular views over the lake with understated simple yet elegant designs. Rooms enjoy en-suite bathrooms, private terraces, direct access to the glistening waters of Lake Malawi or their own private plunge pools. Families will also find a special place here, with fantastic facilities for activities and various family room options. The bar and restaurant are just metres from the water’s edge. If you feel like a change of scene from the restaurant then there are many unique private areas for dinners to be served – on a beach, deck, platform or under a gazebo.
The private house, part of Kaya Mawa called Nodomo House really is the ultimate in exclusivity, unique design and privacy. It is located approximately 1 km away from the main lodge with uninterrupted views across the lake. Four bedrooms, three en-suites, sitting room, family kitchen, five terraces, study, pool, private beach, and full use of Kaya Mawa facilities make this the perfect option for families.
Activities do not just revolve around the lake. Walking or biking around the island is a must and the local population is legendary both for its friendliness. En route you can engage the locals in conversation and visit the cathedral, local school and the lively market nearby.
Kaya Mawa is a PADI accredited dive centre, with two in house PADI dive instructors, a qualified sailing instructor, plus a waterski instructor. With some of the best fresh water diving in the world and some 11 recognised dive sites nearby it really is a divers paradise. Three boats are also available for wakeboarding, water-skiing and kneeboarding. Kayaking, windsurfing and sailing are also a superb way to get out on the lake. The waters around the lodge are both safe and clear (free of hippos) and swimming and snorkelling are on offer – some of the best fresh water snorkelling in the world is at Kaya Mawa with over 1500 species of fish to be discovered.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Lake Malawi into a greater Malawi and African holiday. Take a look at Beach, Bush & Falls as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
Kaya Mawa Information
- Location & Getting There
Kaya Mawa is an utterly romantic hideaway lodge on Likoma Island, a 50-minute flight from Lilongwe to Likoma Island followed by a 15-minute road transfer to the lodge.
There are 11 rooms and 1 private house, spread out around two beaches and a rocky knoll, all offering spectacular views over the lake. Each room features ensuite bathrooms, private terraces, direct access to the glistening waters of Lake Malawi or a private plunge pool. The Ndomo House boasts extra amenities, such as access to the private beach, four bedrooms, study, terraces, kitchen, a large living area and infinity pool.
- Rock pool
- Business facilities (quiet office)
- Dining: 1 restaurant, 1 bar
Walking or biking around the island is a must, where guests will be able to engage in conversations with friendly locals, visit the cathedral, local school and the lively market nearby. Kaya Maya is recognised as one of the best fresh water diving in the world. Three boats are also available for wakeboarding, water-skiing and kneeboarding. Kayaking, windsurfing, swimming, snorkelling and sailing are also a superb way to get out on the lake.
Family cottages are available and babysitting can be arranged.