Kaya Mawa Lodge is at the head of a crescent-shaped bay on Likoma Island, surrounded by mango trees and ancient baobabs. This remote island is home to a very small community, surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi. The location is perfect for a holiday of total relaxation, and its remote location makes it ideal for romantics. Spend your days swimming at the beach or in the swimming pool.

You can also choose from a range of outdoor activities, including snorkelling, scuba diving, and sailing at the full water sports centre, or head out on a mountain bike on one of the local trails. Visits to local communities can be arranged, giving you the opportunity to experience African culture and the various community projects Kaya Mawa supports. Guided village and cathedral tours are also available.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Condé Nast Gold Standard Award 2014 - Top 5 Beach Hotel in the World
  •  World Travel Awards 2014 - Malawi's Leading Hotel


  • Located on Lake Malawi
  • Secluded privacy on idyllic island
  • Great for relaxation & leisure
  • Super friendly & keen staff
  • Biggest variety of watersports
  • No two rooms are the same
  • Ideal for honeymooners

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Enjoy a range of fresh juices and drinks throughout the day overlooking the lake as you relax on the large main deck.

General Facilities

    Beauty or wellness therapist
    Laundry Service
    Computer facilities


In true island style, dine on full breakfasts and lunches which include fruits and salads made from fresh local ingredients.

Guests can enjoy private dinners in a variety of idyllic locations, including the beach, deck, or under the gazebo.

Standard Room

Built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community, Kaya Mawa consists of 10 stone and teak cottages tucked away on a granite headland. There are 4 standard options to choose from, located at the bottom of a rocky knoll, with direct lake access and private decks. Each room though is unique, and has a different layout from the other. Going to the bathrooms is a bit different at Kaya Mawa as they are outside and/or open planned to their respective rooms.

For honeymooners there is a private island with its own house accessed by boat or a wooden walkway. Every unit features a sunken stone bathtub, private terrace, and rim flow pool.

Standard Room AMENITIES

    Mosquito net
    Outdoor bath
    Outdoor shower
    Outdoor area


  • Biking
  • Boat excursions
  • Fishing
  • Guided walks
  • Kayaking
  • Quad-biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Water-skiing
  • Wind-surfing
  • Yoga
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $415 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 09 Dec 2017 $375 Full Board Plus
  • 10 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018 $415 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family House,Pool Suite,Madimba House,Mainja House,Premium Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Kaya Mawa, was very relaxing - perfect timing at the end of the vacation. The food, service, and activities were top notch. You’re correct in that the bungalows were a unique and amazing experience. The atmosphere was probably a bit much for a father/daughter get a way, but the manager of Kaya Mawa was very considerate and gave Megan a spare bungalow to herself. All in all a great place - people will just have to be ok with the famous Lake Malawi flies (didn’t bug us much).

    Matthew Brown, November 2014
  • -Island: the view is magnificent when you arrive by plane and the island is very nice on ground as well. The room was very original, I have no regret choosing Msekwa room. Of course the bathroom and toilet completely outside may be a bit surprising at the beginning if you are not aware about it (but I was) and I appreciated that they gave us the choice with Khuyu when we arrived.

    Jean-Sebastien Bres, July 2014
  • We were pleased with the choice we made.

    Sarah Graveney, November 2008

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"A romantic island getaway that is like nothing you have experienced before! Unique, quirky and unforgetable!"



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