On arrival in Malawi you will be met and shown to your light aircraft for your scenic flight over the lake to Likoma Island. It's a lovely flight up the lake, and on a clear day you will see the shores of Mozambique. Landing at the airstrip, you'll be met and taken to the lodge.
Kaya Mawa Lodge is a superb, luxurious little lodge situated on a rocky peninsular on the corner of the island. It has beautiful rooms which over look the lake, each with a jetty with steps descending into the waters or a private plunge pool. The lodge has snorkelling equipment for each guest to borrow, and is fully PADI accredited for those who wish to dive.
Or choose to explore the island - borrow one of the lodge's quad bikes or bicycles, take a guide or go on your own. Walks around the island are very special, and a visit to St Peter's Cathedral is well worth it. It's an amazing building, the same size as Winchester Cathedral, and fascinating to walk around.
Or try your hand at some of Lake Malawi's watersports options such as sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, windsurfing and fishing - which is generally on a catch and release basis unless you are fishing for the pot!
In the evenings meals can be a lively affair, or you can choose to eat privately - the lodge has a wonderful variety of dining locations - outside in the circle of baobabs, on the beach, on the deck of your room, or on one of the little canopied islands dotted around. The food is fresh and delicious and the service exceptional.
A week at Kaya Mawa is a wonderful, relaxing retreat - come here to watch the world go by, swim in the warm waters of the lake and step back in time.
|Stay||Location / Route||Overnight|
||Fly to Lilongwe (via Johannesburg)||Ovenight flight|
||Likoma Island, Lake Malawi||Kaya Mawa|
||Fly to London (via Johannesburg)||Overnight flight|
When to travel
With varied topography across Malawi, from the high mountains to the Shire Valley below 180m, Malawi has very varied weather. The Shire Valley is tropical with high temperatures and humidity. The rainy season is roughly from December to March, in which the wettest districts are the mountains in the south. It begins to be dry again throughout April and May, in which the days between May through to November are clear and warm, making it the best time to visit.
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Location and directions
Likoma Island, Malawi
Kaya Mawa is on the remote Likoma Island, Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is situated on the eastern boarder of Malawi, in which Likoma Island is nearest to the eastern shores of Lake Malawi, across from the Kahingina Forest Reserve.
How to get there
Kaya Mawa can be reached by a 10-hour international flight to Lilongwe Airport in Malawi, in which Likoma Island is another 50-minutes international flight from Lilongwe Airport. Once on the island, the hotel is a 15-minute transfer by car.