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Kaya Mawa

Welcome to Kaya Mawa

On the white sandy beaches of Likoma Island sits Kaya Mawa, a boutique lodge that welcomes honeymooners, families and friends for an indulgently carefree getaway.

Meaning ‘maybe tomorrow’ in Chichewa/Nyanja, the ethos of Kaya Mawa is in its name. Relaxed lakeside living is woven into the style, luxury and comfort of its Houses and Rooms. Dinner by starlight, massage therapy at our spa, and snorkelling in turquoise waters – it’s just another blissful day at Kaya.

Built by local hands and as Malawi’s first resort run solely on renewable-energy, Kaya Mawa is firmly grounded in sustainability, community empowerment and ethical trade.

Our Story


While each of the 11 Houses and Rooms have distinctive flair, all are designed to fit naturally into the bay’s rocks and sand. The white-washed or exposed stone interiors open out to lake and beach views, with some suites enjoying a private deck and plunge pool or even terrace, courtyard and dining areas.

Open from 1st April 2023.

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Lake Malawi


Lakeside Paradise

Malawi is fondly known as the Warm Heart of Africa for its friendly people and sunny days, which you find in abundance on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi. This is one of the world’s deepest lakes and its freshwater teems with aquatic life, including 400 species of cichlid fish.


Guest Reviews

A 5-star Robinson Crusoe experience.

Our room was situated right on the beach, built in local materials, and had everything we needed... including a spectacular view! If you want get-away-from-it-all relaxation in an environment where everybody is pleased to have you there and with a service that reflects this, then Kaya Mawa is for you. - Tracybuz

Community Experiences

We work closely with local people in building healthcare, education and sustainable livelihoods within Likoma as well as protecting Lake Malawi’s precious ecosystem. We would love to have you join us in building a better future for our community, wildlife and environment.

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Inclusive Activities

We love a healthy balance of relaxation and adventure at Kaya Mawa. Kickback with a cocktail on the beach, grab a mask and snorkel to explore the world beneath the lake surface or sail across the lake at sunset.

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Dream Combination

Indulge in the best of both worlds by combining a Zambian safari adventure with the beachside relaxation of Lake Malawi. Join us at Shawa Luangwa Camp in the predator playground of South Luangwa or Ila Safari Lodge in the game-rich wilderness of Kafue.

Kaya Mawa & Shawa Luangwa Camp Kaya Mawa & Ila Safari Lodge

Media Coverage

Love letters on leading travel platforms are the best motivation. They give us the confidence we need to continue creating magical experiences for travellers as well as sustaining and developing our communities and wildlife.

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Travel with Carlo - Review: Kaya Mawa 04 November 2022 Crafted Africa - Discover Kaya Mawa 19 September 2022 The Points Guy - Plan the Ultimate African Safari 14 September 2022

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Leading Hotel In Malwai 2013, 2014 & 2020

Most Romantic Safari Property & Best Safari Cuisine 2018

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Runner Up in Best Location & Best Design 2018

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