Kaya Mawa
Voted one of the Top Ten Most Romantic Places in the World there is nowhere like Kaya Mawa. This unspoilt African paradise on Likoma Island, Lake Malawi, is a relaxation and water sports haven offering unforgettable adventures!

Kaya Mawa

Situated on Likoma, the larger of two inhabited islands on Lake Malawi, Kaya Mawa is an exclusive luxury resort just an hour’s light craft flight from Malawi. The favoured route is a flight from Johannesburg with SAA or Air Malawi to the capital city, Lilongwe. The beauty of this East African lodge is that it’s romantic, relaxing and very, very remote!

Translated, Kaya Mawa means ‘maybe tomorrow’ and should be on everyone’s post safari list! This magnificent, truly African lodge built around the natural boulders, is surrounded by endless beach and crystal clear waters. Each room is uniquely designed by Katundu Textiles, a workshop that empowers single mothers in the local community. All twelve bedrooms are covered in acres of creamy, polished concrete floors, and differentiated by varying contemporary rustic accessories, some rooms romantic and some family friendly. The food is sublime and overseen by Richard Greenhall who trained chefs for Jamie Oliver.

While most activities will force you to put your feet up – intimate picnics, lazy fishing and decadent spa treatments, should you feel like a bit of action diving, kite surfing and even quad biking are among the activities offered. The waters around the lodge are both safe and clear so swimming and snorkelling are enjoyed by many. Alternatively there is a rock pool alongside the bar to swim in. Kaya Mawa is the ideal getaway for honeymooners, perfect for families or a great spot to relax with friends!

Caroline's Hot Tips

The perfect post-safari beach escape. It's remote, relaxing and romantic! And such a contrast from the bush! 

Travel light for an aircraft flight. You only really need your bathing suit and your book!

Visit the tribal village of Mbamba. Surrounded by beautiful old mango and cashew nut trees with spectacular lake views!

Don't miss St. Peter’s cathedral, one of the largest churches in Africa!

Shop at Katundu textiles for authentic Malawian products.


'Africa is mystic, it is wild, it is a sweltering inferno, it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just home.'

Beryl Markham

Kaya Mawa Overview

BEST SUITED TO - Families, couples or honeymooners 

NUMBER OF ROOMS - Ten stone and teak cottages

SUGGESTED LENGTH OF STAY - Four to seven nights

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL - During the dry season which runs from May to November

CHILDREN - Children are welcome, but guest privacy must be respected

WE LOVE IT BECAUSE - Lake Malawi’s fresh water activities, culture and romance

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