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.
In the centre of Likoma town stands the celebrated St Peter’s Cathedral, a magnificent piece of architecture and one of Africa’s largest churches. After two years of construction, the church held its first service in 1902 and they continue to do so today.
This tropical beach destination offers everything from relaxed swimming to snorkelling, diving and a wide variety of watersports. Venture further out on Lake Malawi in boats and boards of all types to explore neighbouring islands and beaches. And the best of it all? The freshwater is gentle on your skin and eyes.
Enjoy a blissful day out on the lake and see what freshwater species you can reel in. Our boatmen were all fishermen in their past lives so know where all the best fishing spots are. Here at Kaya Mawa we promote a catch and release policy to ensure the populations are kept healthy and growing.
Sightsee the island at your own pace and along the route of your choice on our solar-powered electric mountain bike. Which path will you take? Perhaps something off the beaten track or a little closer to civilisation. Make a stop to watch a troop of vervet monkeys, identify the bird behind that beautiful call or chat with a friendly Likoma local.
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.