Why We Love Kaya Mawa

An exquisitely designed lodge in the middle of the lovely Lake Malawi/Niassa on the tiny Likoma Island – remote, peaceful, untouched.

Visit the Likoma Cathedral or snorkel on the rocks close to the lodge and spot the rare indigenous cichlid species!

A delightful bar and dining area boasts delicious and varied cuisine where enchanting Malawian staff radiate warmth and hospitality.

Enjoy complete relaxation or a variety of unique water sports - everything from stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking to kitesurfing and diving from the PADI dive school.

Luxury Accommodation and Amenities at Kaya Mawa

A Mozambique holiday on Lake Niassa is an island escape in the middle of a freshwater lake between Malawi and Mozambique. It’s an extraordinary beach holiday with a difference on the other side of Lake Malawi in a destination where fishing and agriculture mean survival for local people. Amazing Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island Lake Malawi. Special holiday deals to Malawi & combo packages to Kaya Mawa that include Mozambique.

Visitors who discover the luxury Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island experience a chic break from daily life and immerse themselves in beautiful surroundings. Hand-built by local people, the stone and wood Kaya Mawa is a well-recognised Malawian/Mozambican destination of choice lying 12 km from the Mozambique side of Lake Malawi (or Lake Niassa). Each room is uniquely decorated with textiles from Katundu Textiles, set up on the island specifically for single mothers to learn a skill.

Voted the 3rd Best Beach Property in Africa 2013 in the Good Safari Awards, Kaya Mawa boasts 12 chic island-style accommodation options with splendid views of the lake. Standard suites, family houses and individual villas are all named after one of the local villages. The lodge oozes romance, elegance and a special Mozambican-Malawian culture.  

  • Ndomo Private House – an exclusive-use house for groups or large families who want to wind down in luxury after other travels. Modern artefacts and designs mirror the architecture of Zanzibar, Zambia and Lamu Island in Kenya where tasteful elegance creates a luxury experience for special guests.
  • Nkhwazi – perched on a rocky outcrop the name means Fish Eagle and from here, these birds fly high over the lake, calling across the blue waters. Clean white walls, three private decks and a welcoming infinity splash pool with gorgeous seats to absorb the sunrises and sunsets. 
  • Mbamba – shaded by a statuesque fig tree, this villa boasts a plunge pool and day bed on a polished deck, a romantic dining area and stunning views from its elevated position. Bright bougainvillaea flowers add colour to the verdant shrubs as rainbow birds flit all day. 
  • Ngani – Peaceful, cleanly white and blue, everything is elegantly tasteful and relaxing with a large deck, comfy chairs, a sparkling plunge pool, and a ladder to the lake waters – snorkelling gear in the room. 
  • Makungulu – a villa on its own island accessed via a charming wooden bridge – a private sanctuary for couples on romantic breaks or honeymoons. This cute rocky island features a bright pink bougainvillea, a cosy dining area and an open-air bathtub for two with a jetty.  
  • Madimba – the Honeymoon House is grand and cosy at the same time, on its own and boasting a sunken bedroom and infinity pool, romantic deck under the stars and tons of privacy. 
  • Mainja – ideal for groups and families, this larger, characterful villa is reached via a long wooden boardwalk and concrete jetty – furnished in white and natural hues.
  • 2 Family Houses – Ulisa and Yofu – right on the main beach with plenty of space and light for special family holidays. Three single beds and a hammock in the second room while large doors open out to the ocean vistas.
  • 3 Standard Rooms – Msekwa, Khuyu, Mbungu – private and beautiful, perfect for couples who love secret spaces with jetties over the water, stone walls and polished floors. Bathtubs with lanterns and starlit decks beside huge boulders where seats are snugly laid out.

Mountain biking is a great way to get around and hiking the island reveals secret coves, birds and buckets of bliss. Guests can relax on the main deck and help themselves to fresh fruit juices and drinks or arrange a spa massage on their private decks. Freshly sourced produce and meals ensure happy guests and the choice of activities keeps everyone busily active.


  • 12 various houses or suites
  • Beauty or wellness therapist
  • Spa
  • Laundry Service
  • Computer facilities
  • Bar
  • Varied water sports


  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving & snorkelling
  • Water skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kite surfing
  • Yoga
  • Quad biking & mountain biking
  • Island walks

Getting to Kaya Mawa

By Air:

Fly to Lilongwe (Kamuzu) airport from Johannesburg. Board a light aircraft to the island, about an hour from Lilongwe.

By Water:

Board the ferry at Chipoka port after landing at Lilongwe Airport. The ferry takes 36 hours with a few stops on the way. This is the way of the locals – always an interesting experience.