Lake Malawi Options including Kaya Mawa

An island beach holiday on Lake Malawi is ideal for honeymooners, couples and families. Combine it with a safari or simply enjoy a week away from the world. Stay at the romantic Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island in the north or further south on Lake Malawi.

5 Nights


₤ 1,247 (PPS)


This enchanting fly-in beach holiday to 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 some time away from the world.

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.

Upgrade Option

This is based on Kaya Mawa which in on Likoma island (in a Standard Room). On arrival in Lilongwe, you take a charter flight to Likoma Island in the northern part of Lake Malawi. Here you stay for 5 nights at the enchantingly romantic Kaya Mawa. 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! You can also upgrade to a Premium room for an extra $350 per person.

Many visitors also like to explore Likoma Island and visit the somewhat incongruous Likoma Cathedral, with guided walks, biking, trips to their craft workshop as well as kayaking, snorkelling, and diving (at extra cost.)

Base Option

This includes 2 nights at Mumbo Island Camp and 3 nights at the luxurious Pumulani Lodge, both on the Southern Lakeshore.

Here is the digital itinerary for this trip.

Note: if Mumbo Island doesn't sound like your cup of tea, we can also change this to 5 nights at Pumulani alone. Similarly we can also arrange that you fly back to Lilongwe if you don't want to drive in both directions. Contact us for a quote.

Pared Back Option

A more moderate option is the lovely Blue Zebra Island Lodge which is closer to Lilongwe so ideal if you are ONLY doing the Lake Malawi. (2 hours drive plus a short boat transfer). There is an upgrade option of  Luxury Executive Chalet which we strongly recommend from September onwards (extra $130 to $210 per person sharing, depending on the season).

Note: The seasonality of the three lodges does vary slightly so these seasons are based on the Main Option.

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Lake Malawi Options including Kaya Mawa at a glance

PRICE FROM ₤ 1,247 (PPS)

Mari Jacobs

Africa Travel Specialist

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An idea of price

This is a set tour using specific camps. However many tours can be adapted. Chat to us about your options. It excludes international flights but includes an estimate for all domestic or regional flights within the tour.

Average price per person sharing by season
Mar 2024 - Jun 2024
Jul 2024 - Sep 2024
Oct 2024 - Oct 2024
Nov 2024 - Dec 2024
Apr 2025 - Jun 2025
Jul 2025 - Sep 2025
₤ 1,368

Accommodation, light charter flights from Lilongwe, all meals, road transfers from the airstrip, non-motorised water sports, park fees


International flights, international departure tax and domestic departure tax, visas, items of a personal nature, all drinks