Kaya Mawa is situated on the south-western tip of Likoma, the larger of two islands in the northern region of Lake Malawi. The island is small and sparsely populated, inhabited only by the local fishing community. Kaya Mawa is set on a crescent shaped beach, surrounded by mango trees and ancient baobabs.
Accommodation & Facilities
Accommodation is in stone and thatched cottages with hand-crafted king size beds. Each room has a bath and shower with hot water from solar geysers. The lodge has 11 rooms in all, four of which are standard rooms, along with two standard family chalets, three premium rooms (two pool suites, one island suite) one single room house and one two bedroom house. All of the rooms have either direct lake access, or a private plunge pool. Some rooms have decks over the lake, and all have views to die for. At the end of the beach there is a beach bar, lounge and restaurant the perfect sun downer spot. Dinner is always under the stars and can be served wherever you like.
Likoma island is home to St Peter’s Cathedral, constructed at the end of the 19th century, the third largest Cathedral in Central Africa. While swimming in the lake from the lakeshore is not recommended, if guests tire of relaxing on the beach, more energetic options including Laser sailing, kayaking, kitesurfing, waterskiing, ‘catch and release’ fishing, and scuba diving can be arranged. Lake Malawi has some of the best fresh water diving to be found anywhere in the world. Walking and biking around Likoma Island is a great way to experience the local culture, perhaps engaging with the locals at the lively market nearby or joining a game of football, and e-bike excursions are another fun way to explore the rugged landscape.