Lake Malawi is a mesmerising experience of light over water, whether you are watching the African sun dance off midday waves or the soft lanterns of fisherfolk float over the silky lake at night.
Below the waters of this inland lake a pristine freshwater ecosystem thrives. Diverse marine life, with 400 species of colourful cichlid fish, many of which are endemic, create equally magical viewings for goggle-wearing swimmers. Steep, tree covered hills enclose the lake, and sandy beaches and large granite boulders characterise its shores. The calls of African fish eagles fill the air above.
If you could choose an island in Lake Malawi to be castaway on, Likoma would be it. They say you are never lost on Likoma Island, because the locals will always point you home or walk you back themselves.
Experience white sandy bays and unspoiled lush vegetation, including forests of baobab and mango trees, and rocky slopes of idyllic Likoma Island. Part of the island’s charm is the welcome of warmth and smiles you can expect as you stroll through its villages.
Explore the pristine waters of Lake Malawi in an underwater adventure, no matter your skill level. The only requirement? To leave the water with a bunch of great memories! No need to bring your own goggles, snorkel and fins as each House and Room at Kaya Mawa has its own snorkelling gear.
Laze on the beach, while enjoying a gorgeous lake view and a picnic basket filled with the day’s creation from our award-winning kitchen team. Think homemade bread and hummus, with a fresh salad and grilled fish, and washed down with a glass of South African wine, Mozambican beer or a cocktail with gin distilled here in Malawi.
Grab a kayak and paddle before setting off to explore the waters and other parts of the island beyond our bay. Watch as colourful fish flash in the clear water below you and look out to the Mozambican coastline beyond. The only sounds are those of nature – birds calling to each other and waves lapping against the kayak’s bow – and you leave the water feeling rejuvenated.
Enjoy the warmth of the sun on your back and the cool breeze blowing off the water as you glide across the lake on one of our stand-up paddle boards. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a pro because you will soon be balancing, paddling and having fun, all at the same time. Paddle along the shoreline, enjoying the beauty of the beach from a different perspective.
Head out into the forests to spot some of the island’s colourful birdlife or simply enjoy what feathered friend comes to visit while sipping your morning coffee. Likoma is home to over 100 different birds species, including huge colonies of white-breasted cormorants, black-shouldered and yellow-billed kites, and four types of kingfisher. And the cry of an African fish eagle is a sound you can never grow tired of.
Hop aboard one of our Taz or Topaz for a sailing safari on Lake Malawi. Conditions for sailing are excellent here since there are no tides or currents, but there’s always a light breeze for sail boats.