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Kaya Mawa – Likoma Island

7 Rooms, 4 Houses

Kaya Mawa (meaning ‘maybe tomorrow in the local dialect) is located at the south of the island next to a crescent beach on the outskirts of Nkwhazi Village.

Likoma Island is approximately two thirds the way up the Lake and is 12km from Mozambique. It is covered in Baobabs and Mango trees, surrounded by the clearest waters in the lake.

With a total of eleven very individual rooms and a capacity of 27 people Kaya Mawa still manages to remain intimate. Each room has decks and access to the lake or their own private plunge pools, which makes it very hard to leave. But the draw of the ultimate sunset bar and beach lounge is just irresistible!

Voted in the top 10 most romantic places in the world by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, amongst a number of other accolades, Kaya Mawa is utterly unique. From the construction and the staff to the community integration there is nowhere else like it.

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Kaya Mawa - Likoma Island

Key Info

  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • Population: 18,091,575
  • Currency: Kwacha (D) (MWK)
  • Time Zone: CAT (UTC +2)
  • Languages:


  • Climate:

    Malawi’s climate is hot in the low-lying areas in the south of the country and temperate in the northern highlands. The altitude moderates what would otherwise be an equatorial climate. Between November and April the temperature is warm with equatorial rains and thunderstorms, with the storms reaching their peak severity in late March. After March, the rainfall rapidly diminishes and from May to September wet mists float from the highlands into the plateaus, with almost no rainfall during these months.

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Kaya Mawa’ accommodation is built from stone and teak-framed thatch and includes two family houses and luxurious houses, ideal for honeymooners. Each room has decks and access to the lake or their own private plunge pools, which makes it very hard to leave. But the draw of the ultimate sunset bar and beach lounge is also just as irresistible!

Four of the standard rooms are situated at the bottom of the rocky knoll with private decks and in direct view of the lake.

The two family houses are also at the back of the main beach under the shade of a baobab or mango tree. Both family houses have a double and a twin/triple room, an interconnecting bathroom and outside chill out areas.

The three premium rooms offer lake views from sleeping areas and verandas. Either a private island or one of two rooms perched high up a rocky knoll with a private pool. The other two houses are two bed-roomed, with sitting rooms. One has a rock plunge pool, the other with an infinity pool with views across the lake.

A third house – Ndomo Point House – will open in March 2011 – Four bedrooms, 3 en-suites, sitting room, family kitchen, 5 terraces, study, pool, private beach, and full use of Kaya Mawa facilities. This house will be approximately1 km from the lodge.

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We can’t wait to go again!

This was our first trip to Southern Africa and our first safari and we can't wait to go again. From the outset Sylvia was incredibly helpful understanding exactly what we wanted from the trip and using her vast local knowledge and experience to tailor the holiday perfectly. The choice is overwhelming and having the benefit of someone to guide you through the options and suggest places to stay and visit was such a help. Sylvia also worked closely with a travel agent to match the internal and international flights to the places we wanted to stay and maximise the time available on our trip. Having all the transfers arranged by Sylvia also took a lot of hassle out of moving between locations. The trip was amazing from the hospitality and drives around the reserve at Tanda Tula, getting up close to wonderful wildlife to the incredible welcome at the stunning River Club in Zambia and a walking safari with rhinos. I would totally recommend using Sylvia and Africabound Adventures to organise your holiday.

David Owen

South Africa & Zambia

The lodge was great!

We had a great time in Livingstone. The lodge was great - you need to have a love for nature to stay here. The rooms were quite open, overlooking the river therefore you were likely to get a few wasps, bugs etc. fly into your room. However the mosquito netting over the beds avoided one being bitten at night. The manager at the lodge was helpful – however I would recommend that anyone who travels to the Victoria Falls should book their activities directly from the individual activity centres. Other than that had we had great time!

Shreya and Family


It was absolutely wonderful!

We travelled to three separate locations, staying in four beautiful venues; initially in Zambia at Sindabezi and Tongabezi, then moving onto Mfuwe for a stay at Nkwali Lodge - the safari part of our holiday and finally flying to Malawi and the paradise which is Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island. We can neither praise nor thank Sylvia enough for all the care and attention she gave us. As an example, whilst in Zambia we discovered on New Year’s Eve that we’d left one of our internal flight e-tickets at home. We phoned Sylvia in a panic and by the time we’d reached our next destination, our onward bound ticket was waiting for us at the reception. Not a service which would have been available from a high street tour operator I suspect! Tim had wanted to give me a trip of a lifetime and thanks to Sylvia he was able to do so. We will never forget our time in Africa and can’t wait to return. Thank you again Sylvia – it was absolutely wonderful!

Tim & Jo

Zambia & Malawi

We recommend their bespoke safaris and services

We decided to go on Safari with Africabound Adventures, the service provided was excellent! Sylvia took care of all our holiday planning by listening to our queries and put all our anxieties at ease - addressing and meeting all our expectations. Her passion, close links and expertise of Zambia and the region prompted us to book with Africabound Adventures. This one-to-one personalised service was second to none! We had a superb holiday, visiting the 4 recommended National Parks! The lodges were great - of a consistently high standard and comfortable, particularly Lion Camp in the South Luangwa. The game viewing lived up to expectations! The food was great and the people warm and friendly. Thank you Sylvia, for all your efforts towards arranging and delivering a memorable and enjoyable safari with passion, energy and expertise.

Anne and Steve