Kaya Mawa

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A multi award winning lodge on Lake Malawi

Tucked away on a tiny island in the middle of Lake Malawi lies the magical Kaya Mawa lodge, a Likoma Island speciality and the best destination for family beach holidays in Malawi. What a superb setting on a rocky headland overlooking the lake where private coves beckon. Combine Kaya Mawa with your safari in Malawi and you will appreciate a beach and bush holiday like never before in Africa. 

Kaya Mawa is rated as the top holiday accommodation, a multi-award winning lodge, on Lake Malawi and Voyage2Africa shows you how to destress with one of our excellent Malawi package tours. The name means ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ and the vibe is the same – extremely laid back, embraced with warm-hearted Malawian hospitality and classical luxury features to make your holiday a comfortable respite from the real world. Choose your elegant accommodation in one of 11 very different rooms and chalets offering private decks for sunbathing and serene dinners, plunge pools, comfy lounges and ensuite bathrooms.

Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island features 3 standard rooms with king-size beds on the beach, and 4 premium rooms, one being a deluxe honeymoon island suite with its own wooden walkway and beach access, the other 3 boasting private plunge pools. Add to this 5 stand-alone houses or chalets for families or honeymoon couples: Madimba is well secluded with one large bedroom for couples; Mainja features two bedrooms with its own pool; Ndomo House is a self-catering dwelling for 8 people in 4 bedrooms with a pool, kitchen, large lounge, personal staff and boat! The last two houses are family chalets made for couples with kids or for groups of close friends.

Relax all day or choose to get out and about and attempt some action on the lake such as stand-up paddle boarding, PADI dive lessons, sailing, water skiing, quad biking and hiking. Pop in to the spa for a massage and read a few books alone in a sunny cove on the beach. Chat to Voyage2Africa about your Lake Malawi holiday and Likomo Island retreat when you want to explore the warm heart of Malawi and add on a safari to Majete Wildlife Reserve too.



Kaya Mawa means “Maybe Tomorrow” in the local Nyanja dialect which holds true at this splendid accommodation in Malawi, where time stops in blissful limbo on the tiny Likomo Island. Kaya Mawa will delight your senses in every way – from the beautiful location to the unique design of the chalets and the utter seclusion in nature. And for those in search of the perfect honeymoon retreat, look no further than this romantic resort. Family-friendly villas invite couples with children to get away from it all in nature without disturbing anyone else and without having to see anyone else. 

Choose your Lake Malawi accommodation at Kaya Mawa, where you have an option of staying in 1 of 11 rooms, chalets and houses. The lodge is entirely built by hand, with many rooms fitted carefully into the rocky headlands and having direct access to the lake. 

The rooms are divided into 4 standard chalets, 3 premium chalets, 2 luxury villas as well as 2 family houses, all discretely set among the granite promontory. All the rooms feature en-suite bathrooms with showers and sunken bathtubs, private decks, some featuring private plunge pools too. Mainja House is a honeymoon retreat with just 1 massive bedroom in a secluded location while Ndomo House offers 4 bedrooms and a kitchen in a self-catering option with private staff and a boat. 

Appreciate the elevated dining and bar area of Kaya Mawa affording sweeping panoramas of the extensive Lake Malawi. Dinners can be served anywhere, on a beach, on a deck, on a platform or on the gazebo. Take time to lounge in hammocks or on the beach, ideal spots for relaxing and sunbathing. 

Feel spoiled for choice with a myriad of water sports and inland activities on Likoma Island. Dive down into crystal clear lake waters around the lodge throughout the year and discover exceptional, rare cichlid fish and creatures in the lake. Kayaking, boat trips and sailing can be enjoyed at Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi. 

Explore Likoma on foot or make use of the lodge’s mountain bikes for an expedition around the island. Tours to local villages will afford you a peek into the culture and lifestyle of the locals. The St Peter’s Cathedral is a historical interest for most visitors on their holiday in Malawi.

Amazing Holiday Packages including Kaya Mawa

From $260



  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Boat trips
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Village tours
  • Island walks
  • Bicycling


  • Elegant accommodation
  • All meals
  • Select activities

A romantic dinner set on the beach by Lake Malawi
that include this property


  • 4 Standard chalets
  • 3 Premium chalets,
  • 2 Luxury villas
  • 2 Family houses
  • Dining area
  • Bar
  • Private decks, plunge pools
  • Ensuite showers, baths
  • Lounges, kitchen.


  • Voted in the top ten ‘Most Romantic Places in the World’ by Conde Nast travel magazine. 
  • Ideal for honeymooners as a secluded retreat with plush stand-alone chalets and lake views.
  • Located on Lake Malawi on Likomo Island where solitude reigns and the water is always warm.
  • Huge variety of water sports such as sailing, diving, snorkelling, boating and swimming.

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