Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi

This enchanting fly-in beach holiday to Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi is ideal for honeymooners, couples and even families. Plus you can combine it with a safari in Liwonde or Majete in Malawi. Or with South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. But  you can also simply enjoy a week away from the world.

On arrival in Lilongwe, you take a charter flight to Likoma Island in the northern part of Lake Malawi. Here you stay for 7 nights at the enchantingly romantic Kaya Mawa. (We can tailormake a shorter break if you prefer…). Kaya Mawa is a secluded luxury beach lodge on a crescent shaped beach, surrounded by baobab trees and mangos. It doesn’t get much better than this in terms of barefoot luxury.

Lake Malawi is the stellar attraction of Malawi, enriching every aspect of its life. The lakeshore comprises miles of pristine sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and islands. And the call of the African fish eagle is ever present.

Over 500 species of fish occur in Lake Malawi, including the colourful endemic cichlids that are easily spotted when snorkelling. Other watery activities on Lake Malawi include freshwater scuba diving, canoeing, sailing and just chilling out by the lapping waters. Many visitors also like to explore Likoma Island and visit the somewhat incongruous Likoma Cathedral.

Special Offers

This 7 night beach holiday already includes one complimentary night at Kaya Mawa and educed flight prices. Honeymoon couples are eligible for a further reduction. Contact us for a tailor-made quote.

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Day 1

Charter flight to Likoma Island for 7 nights, Kaya Mawa, Full Board & Selected Activities

On arrival in Lilongwe, you check in for your seat-in-plane air transfer from Lilongwe to Kaya Mawa airstrip. On arrival, you are met and transferred to the lodge.

Lake Malawi is the stellar attraction of Malawi, enriching every aspect of its life. It is a vast expanse of bright blue water, 600km long and up to 80km wide. The lakeshore comprises miles of palm-fringed sandy beaches, rounded granite boulders and romantic wooded islands, with the call of the African fish eagle ever present. Everywhere people smile and seem delighted to see you.

Over 2,000 species of fish occur in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi, including the colourful endemic cichlids that are easily spotted when snorkelling.

Kaya Mawa is a secluded luxury lodge on a crescent shaped beach, surrounded by baobab trees and mangos on the tip of the remote Likoma Island in Lake Malawi.

Kaya Mawa is both full of character & architecturally innovative, as befits this unique and unspoilt location on Lake Malawi. Built entirely by hand in conjunction with the local community, who benefit from the lodge, Kaya Mawa’s accommodation consists of eleven stone, teak and thatched cottages. Each cottage has a private terrace with views over Lake Malawi with a path or steps leading down to the water, a giant four-poster bed, en suite “loo with a view”, shower and bath (some sunken in stone).

All the cottages are gorgeous but premier rooms have a slightly better location and are slightly larger. Madimba and Mainja House are two private houses each with their own private plunge pools, sitting area and mini-bar. Mainja House actually has two bedrooms, both en suite and a private sitting area, ideal for two couples travelling together or a family party. It is one of three family villas each with two bedrooms.

Just behind the private beach are the charming public areas of the beach bar, dining area and sitting area complete with sofas made from old fishing boats (more comfortable than it sounds).

Note: This tour price is based on the standard rooms. Contact us for a quote for one of the other room catgeories…


Accommodation: Kaya Mawa
Located in: Lake Malawi - Malawi

Days 2 to 7

Stay active or just relax on Likoma Island

Kaya Mawa has a lovely ambience with charming hospitable staff on hand to make sure that you get the most from your stay. The daily activity schedule is very flexible at Kaya Mawa. You may like to keep active all day long, others want to do nothing but relax on the beach and most guests want a balance between the two.

Activities mostly revolve around the lake but visiting places on Likoma Island is also very popular. Snorkelling around the granite boulders is extremely popular and available straight from the beach. A host of water sports are available on Lake Malawi including water-skiing, wake-boarding, fishing, kite-surfing and laser dinghy sailing.

You can also explore the lake and its shores by canoe, looking out for otters. Or take a boat excursion to remote island spots for a private picnic. Kaya Mawa also has a masseuse/therapist who does a range of wonderful treatments either in your room or in an open air gazebo.

Visits to local villages and Likoma Cathedral are also on offer by quad bike.


Accommodation: Kaya Mawa
Located in: Lake Malawi - Malawi

Day 8

This morning you bid a sad farewell to the island and head back to Lilongwe by charter flight in time for your connecting flight.


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Includes:
Accommodation, light charter flights from Lilongwe, all meals, road transfers from the airstrip, non-motorised water sports, park fees
Excludes:
International flights, international departure tax of $25 pp and domestic departure tax of $5 per person, visas, items of a personal nature, all drinks
Best time to go:
Kaya Mawa closed between mid January and mid March. Ideal from April to October...
Health requirements:
Notes:
Ideal as a holiday on its own but also combines well with Southern Malawi or South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Flights from Johannesburg are NOT included and subject to change.
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