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On Likoma Island in the north east of Lake Malawi very close to the Mozambique shores of the lake. The lodge is on the southern tip of the island and is located on the edge of a long sweeping sandy beach bordered by two rocky promontories.

Pricing is consistent throughout the year. As a non game destination , the deciding factor in planning a visit is the weather, see below.

Likoma is the driest part of Malawi and also one of the hottest.

January/February/March: Hot days with rain often on the afternoon. The whole island becomes very lush and green and the views are fantastic. The rain dampens down the dust and puts out the fires of the late dry season and provides sparkling air and wonderful vistas of the forested shores of nearby Mozambique.
April/May: Dry warm days and pleasant cool nights with light breezes.
June/July/August: Dry with warm days and cool nights and occasional strong winds.
September/October: Hot to very hot days with warm nights.
November/December: Hot to very hot days-warn nights, perhaps some early light rain.

Kaya Mawa sunset
Kaya Mawa honeymoon island Kaya Mawa diving View from deck
Kaya Mawa honeymoon island Diving at Kaya Mawa Diving

Kaya Mawa Lodge is situated on the south-western tip of Likoma Island at the head of a crescent-shaped bay, surrounded by mango trees and ancient baobabs. The island has hundreds of huge baobab trees and a number of glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves. The waters are crystal clear throughout the year and the diving and snorkelling is among the best in Lake Malawi.

Translated as “Maybe tomorrow” in the local Tonga dialect, the lodge uses the stunning natural surroundings of beach, rock, island and lake to create a lodge of unique character, imagination and very special ambience. With no machinery available on the island, Kaya Mawa Lodge was built entirely by hand, in partnership with the local community. It consists of ten stone and teak-framed thatched cottages set into a granite headland. There is a honeymoon house tucked away on its own private island that is reached by boat or a wooden walkway. Each cottage faces the lake and has a 7- by 6-foot mahogany four-poster bed, a shower, a sunken stone bathtub and a loo with a view. The view from the shower in the honeymoon suite defies description. All the cottages have private terraces with direct access to the water, and some can only be reached by walkways built over the lake.

The stunning setting of the lodge and the unique comfort of the rooms means that many guests choose to make relaxation their main activity, but enough activities are on offer to keep guests busy. Scuba (including Padi diving courses), snorkelling, swimming, sailing and visits to the local villages are part of the experience. Day trips to Mozambique can be arranged. Access is by air or by boat.

Kaya Mawa’s main building is situated high on a rocky promontory overlooking the lake and has three rooms on the lower western side of the promontory. On the long sweeping beach below and to the west of the main promontory there are another two chalets. At the far end of the beach a good 10 minute walk from the main building and set high on the rocks overlooking the bay are another two chalets. There are two rooms on their own rocky outcrops to the east of the main building. The honeymoon island is a good 50 metres out into the lake depending on prevailing water levels and is accessed by boat or by swimming.
Each room has: Raised four poster mahogany bed, sunken bath, shower and loo, fans, soaps and shampoos, outside seating area, insect repellent.

Room details:
• Each room has doors which open out onto the beach
• En-suite facilities with a shower
• Fans
• 6 rooms have lockable inter-leading doors and can be converted into family rooms
• Mosquito nets
• Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied in each room

• The stunning setting of the lodge and the unique comfort of the rooms means that many guests choose to make relaxation their main activity but enough activities are on offer to keep guests busy:
-Walking or biking around the island
-Swimming and snorkelling
-Diving Courses
-Motorized Watersports - Waterskiing, tube riding and wake snaking are offered as well as fishing trips.
-Sailing Safaris - the lodge has a small wooden skip for journeys around the island.
-Excursions to Mozambique - longer trips by motor or sailing boat to the wonderful beaches of nearby Mozambique can be arranged as well as overnight trips to Nkwichi Lodge and the Manda Wilderness area.

On the main promontory there is a bar, dining room and rock pool.

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