Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island: The Lowdown

Ah, Kaya Mawa. So implausibly beautiful, so far from the outside world and so utterly enchanting. If you like back-to-nature luxury at its best, book your space now.

What’s Kaya Mawa really like?

So beautiful, that frankly, it seems a bit implausible. You don’t meet many people who’ve been to Kaya Mawa, and with good reason. Firstly it’s pretty remote, and second, it’s fabulously rustic- anything else would be inappropriate amidst such glorious natural surroundings. Long-term Africa lovers who have a lust for nature and seclusion adore it at Kaya Mawa (which makes it a natural pairing with a Zambian safari).

Kaya Mawa has 11 rooms and private houses scattered on the beach, amongst the boulders, or in the case of the honeymoon suite, a tiny private island reached by a rope bridge.  There are four lovely standard rooms, three suites and four houses (perfect for families or honeymooners)- they’re all charming, very natural and very different, like Kaya itself, so please just ask us if you have any special requests. Below the rooms there’s a lovely golden sand beach, and a main bar and restaurant.

What can I do at Kaya Mawa?

There’s so much that you can do here- the frankly ludicrously turquoise waters of Lake Malawi are calling out for diving and snorkelling, or if you don’t fancy getting quite so wet, there’re canoes, dinghys to sail, kitesurfing and trips on Kaya Mawa’s fishing boat. And that’s before we hit the shore. Kaya Mawa is on utterly lovely Likoma Island, which you can explore on foot, by mountain bike and on quads. It’s a charming way to meet the local children and learn about the area- we’d especially recommend a visit to the cathedral if you’re here on a Sunday- the singing is just magical.

Make your trip extraordinary by… Combine Kaya Mawa with Danforth Yachting and sail up to Likoma Island on your very own catamaran.

Giving back at Kaya Mawa: Throughout the lodge you’ll see beautiful textiles from Katundu (founded by owner Susie) which helps to provide skills and employment in the local community- guests are more than welcome to visit during their stay. Kaya Mawa is also heavily involved with the Malawi Dream charity, which helps the people of Likoma Island to support and provide themselves, reducing reliance on the ferry and unpredictable supplies from mainland Malawi.

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