KAYA MAWA – LIKOMA ISLAND – LAKE MALAWI

Translated as “Maybe tomorrow” in the local Tonga dialect, the Kaya Mawa uses the stunning natural surroundings to create a lodge of unique character, imagination and very special ambiance. Fully renovated with beautiful refurbishments and locally made chandeliers and soft furnishings created at Katundu – a local workshop with the objective of empowering women through artisanal training and ethical employment.

To visit Likoma Island is to step back in time. Likoma Island remains almost untouched since its discovery by Scottish Missionaries at the end of the nineteenth century. The island measures just 17sq km with dirt roads and a few vehicles, the local people survive largely by fishing and rice and Cassava farming.

The island has hundreds of huge baobab trees and a number of glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves. There are no hippos and Kaya Mawa tests regularly for bilharzia and results have proven clear every time.

LOCATION

Kaya Mawa is located on the southwestern tip of Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi, close to Mozambique.

Likoma Island is best accessed by light aircraft flights from Lilongwe – duration approximately 50 minutes and 15-minute road transfer.

LODGE

While each of the 11 houses and rooms have distinctive flair, all are designed to fit naturally into the bay’s rocks and sand. The white-washed or exposed stone interiors open out to lake and beach views, with some suites enjoying a private deck and plunge pool or even terrace, courtyard and dining areas.

3 Standard Rooms – Khuyu, Mbungu, Msekwa at the bottom of the rocky knoll with private decks and direct lake access.

2 Family Houses – Ulissa & Yofu are also at the back of the main beach under the shade of a baobab or mango tree. Both family houses have a double and a twin/triple room, an interconnecting bathroom and outside chill out areas.

4 Premium Rooms – Nkwhazi, Ngani, Mbamba & Makengulu offer lake views from sleeping areas and verandas. Either a private island or one of two rooms perched high up a rocky knoll with a private pool.

2 Houses: – Madimba House – Private house, with sitting room, views across the lake and private infinity pool and at the far end of the beach for added privacy. Mainja House – Private two-bedroom house, with sitting room and rock plunge pool.

Ndomo Point House – 4 bedrooms and 3 ensuite bathrooms. Pool, private beach fully staffed.

ACTIVITIES

Included Activities:

Walking or biking around the island is a must – the local population is legendary for its friendliness and thus a simple unescorted stroll around the island, perhaps with a few cold drinks and snacks is a wonderful experience. One can stop off to swim en route, engage the locals in conversation and visit the cathedral, local school and the lively market nearby. Take a stroll to the local textile project, Katundu – www.katundu.net. Mountain bikes are also available for use.

The waters around the lodge – are both safe and clear (free of hippos and crocs) and swimming and snorkelling are on offer – some of the best fresh water snorkelling in the world is right here (snorkels/masks are provided).

Birding – head out into the forests to spot some of the island’s colourful birdlife or simply enjoy what feathered friend comes to visit while sipping your morning coffee. Likoma is home to over 100 different birds species, including huge colonies of white-breasted cormorants, black-shouldered and yellow-billed kites, and four types of kingfisher, and of course the African fish eagle.

Beach Picnic – laze on the beach while enjoying a gorgeous lake view and a picnic basket filled with the day’s creation from the kitchen team. Think homemade bread and hummus, with a fresh salad and grilled fish, and washed down with a glass of South African wine, Mozambican beer or a cocktail with Malawian gin.

Kayaking – explore the waters and other parts of the island beyond the bay. Watch as colourful fish flash in the clear water below you and look out to the Mozambican coastline beyond. The only sounds are those of nature – birds calling to each other and waves lapping against the kayak’s bow.

Stand up paddle boarding and sailing –  enjoy a sailing safari on Lake Malawi. Conditions for sailing are excellent since there are no tides or currents, but there’s always a light breeze.

Optional Activities:

Diving – Kaya Mawa is a PADI accredited dive centre with two in house PADI dive instructors. The centre is able to teach courses all the way from a 3-hour discovery dive to Dive Master. With some of the best fresh water diving in the world and some 11 recognised dive sites nearby.

Water sports – Three boats available for wakeboarding, water skiing and knee boarding.  Kaya Mawa has a qualified sailing instructor, plus water sports instructor.

Quad biking tours

Kite Boarding – courses are available upon request.

GIVING BACK

As an integral part of the community from the outset, Kaya Mawa has been involved in support and development within the community. They have been involved in numerous different projects, from piping water to the villages to the development of education programs. For further details of their project www.malawidream.com

KAYA MAWA IS CLOSED FROM THE 15 JANUARY TO THE 15 MARCH EVERY YEAR

THE LODGE WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

Call +44 1984 667420 or Email [email protected]

Our expert staff are on-hand, happy to assist with any enquiry you have.

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