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Luxury Malawi Holiday - Kaya Mawa Vacation Specials - one of the most incredibly beautiful island vacation spots in the world. Situated on the tiny Likoma Island, Lake Malawi and offering ideal family, honeymoon or wedding vacations.

Kaya Mawa sunset
 
Rated by Condé Nast Magazine as one of the planet's ten most romantic destinations, Kaya Mawa is located on the south-western tip of Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi, close to Mozambique. The island is covered with mango trees and ancient baobabs and encircled by glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves.

Kaya Mawa will surprise your senses in every way - from the beautiful location to the unique design of the chalets which are fantastic. Enjoy fabulous sunsets at the bar overlooking the lake and dine on the beach - ultimate luxury and beauty.

Kaya Mawa has many unique areas where dinners are served – on a beach; deck; platform or on the gazebo. An eclectic mix of simple and delicious international cuisine enjoyed at your own private surprise table.
 
Lake Malawi has over 1000 species of fish, many endemic to the Lake, which is more than all the freshwater species in Europe and North America combined. Likoma is widely regarded as having the best diving on the Lake, both in terms of the diversity of fish species and their sheer abundance. With a vast array of colourfulCichlids, Mouthbrooders, Catfish up to two metres in length and the occasional otter, Likoma is a beautiful dive location. Besides aquatic life, there are also spectacular underwater rock formations, swim throughs, a 30‐metre wall and even a mysterious rock carving!
 
Kaya Mawa aerial
 
2020 Specials:
3 night package rates:
 
2020 US$ Special 3 night package rates:
Room/house description
Green Season:
7 April - 30 June 2020 and
1 November 2020 - 6 January 2021
Peak Season:
1st July - 31 October 2020
 
Per person sharing
Single Child 5-12 Per person sharing Single Child 5-12
Standard Rooms (3)
and Family Houses (2)
Standard rooms at the bottom of the rocky knoll with direct lake access
Family houses on the beach
720 936 N/A 1070 1391 N/A
Premium Rooms and Pool Suites (4) Either a private island or a room with spectacular views and a private pool 825 1073 413 1190 1547 595
Madimba and Mainja House (2) 2 Private houses, with sitting rooms views across the lake and private plunge pools. Mainja has two bedrooms. 950 1235 475 1310 1703 655
 
Honeymoon Special – The bride stays at half price of the below rates (not the above special rates).
 
Please note that high season rates apply for reservations on public holidays, for 2020 these are:
Easter Weekend – 10 – 14 April 2020
Christmas – 24 – 28 December 2020
New Years – 30 Dec – 03 January 2021

About Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island, Malawi:
Translated as "Maybe tomorrow" in the local Tonga dialect, the lodge uses the stunning natural surroundings to create a getaway lodge of unique character, imagination and very special ambiance. Fully renovated with beautiful refurbishments.

Accommodation:
Stone and teak-framed thatched accommodation including two family houses and luxurious houses, ideal for honeymooners.

3 x Standard Rooms:
Khuyu
Where the knoll meets the beach on the west side of the knoll. The closest room to the bar and restaurant ideally suited for the less agile. (can be a double or twin)
Ngani
Set into the rocks on our second beach with views out to Mozambique. In front of the chalet is a small rock island which teams with water birds throughout the year. The Kacheri tree under which the chalet is built houses a colony of weaver birds for some of the year. Ngani has a private deck with a ladder leading directly into the lake a sitting are to the front and a 'galley' style bathroom. (double)
Mbungu
On the west side of the rocky knoll Mbungu commands views along the beach and across to Chizimulu. Below the chalet and down a stone stairway is a private deck over the water. (double or twin)
Msekwa
On the western tip of the knoll Msekwa is special. A favourite to many. Entering through an arched door you arrive at the top of some steep steps. The loo is here. As you go down the steps there is an outside shower and then a bath under the corner of a huge boulder. Reach the bottom of the steps and there is a sofa area leading out on to a deck over the lake and the entrance to the room. From the front of the room walk out onto private jetty and access into the lake. Be warned this room is suitable for the more agile guest. (double)
 
Kaya Mawa Ngani Standard Room
 
2 x Family Houses:
Ulissa
The first family house set at the back of the beach. A spacious two roomed house with an interconnecting bathroom. The main room is set towards the front of the house with a double bed looking down across the beach to the water, the second room has three beds, one of them hung from the roof! Outside under the shade is a comfy sofa area and dining area. Both leading out on to an expansive deck. (double + triple) Sand between the toes.
Yofu
The second family house is nestled into the back of the beach hidden behind a mango tree. Leading off from a large wooden deck with two 'boat sofas' the main bedroom has half of an enormous dug out canoe as a headboard and leads into the shared bathroom, which has a bath on the second floor making the most of the views out to the lake. The 'kids' room is decked out in beach style with a hammock strung in the corner. (double +twin)
 
4 x Premium Rooms/Pool Suites:
Nkwhazi
On top of a rocky knoll at the east end of Kaya Mawa's main beach with stunning views out to Nkwhazi Island and then to the south of the Lake. At the front of the room are three private decks and an infinity pool.
Mbamba
Also on top of a rocky knoll, with 360 degree views. Out to one side of the room is a large deck with a plunge pool and lounging area. On the other side an intimate dining area. Inside a large bed and snug area.
Makengulu
Want your own island? On a small rocky island accessible across a wooden walkway and partly hidden by Bougainvillea is Makengulu. Leading through the room out on to a private terrace and then a wooden deck right over the lake. The walkway from the deck takes you further out over the lake and access via a ladder into the water.
 
Kaya Mawa Makengulu Chalet

3 x Houses:
Mainja House
At the west end of Kaya Mawa's beach sits a grand house with views across the lake towards Mozambique, Malawi and back towards the main lodge. Mainja is the bees knees. Opening into a large bed area with views straight across the lake over your own infinity pool. Archways to each side of the bed lead on to a huge double ended bath on one side or a sitting room on the other, sun loungers and a dining table are out on your deck next to the pool.
Madimba House
Just on from Mainja House lies Madimba House. Madimba is a two bedroomed house, both rooms are en-suite. Between the two rooms is a beautiful Tanzanian Style sitting area with a log fireplace and fridge full of cold drinks. Out to the front a private plunge pool right at the lakeshore nestled into the rocks. Madimba is ideal for a family, two couples holidaying together or as a twin room (with a single supplement).
 
Kaya Mawa Madimba House
 
 
2020 US$ Normal Rates:
Per person per night basis:
Room/house description
Green Season:
7 April - 30 June 2020 and
1 November 2020 - 6 January 2021
Peak Season:
1st July - 31 October 2020
 
Per person sharing
Single Child 5-12 Per person sharing Single Child 5-12
Standard Rooms (3)
and Family Houses (2)
Standard rooms at the bottom of the rocky knoll with direct lake access
Family houses on the beach
300 390 150 445 579 223
Premium Rooms and Pool Suites (4) Either a private island or a room with spectacular views and a private pool 340 442 170 495 644 248
Madimba and Mainja House (2) 2 Private houses, with sitting rooms views across the lake and private plunge pools. Mainja has two bedrooms. 395 514 198 545 709 273
 
Closed from 6th January - 7th April 2020
Please note that high season rates apply for reservations on public holidays, for 2020 these are:
Easter Weekend – 10 – 14 April 2020
Christmas – 24 – 28 December 2020
New Years – 30 Dec – 03 January 2021

Children of all ages are welcome at Kaya Mawa. Under 4's Stay free. Over 12 pay adult rate.

Included in the rate:
All food, accommodation, transfer to and from Likoma Aerodrome to Kaya Mawa
Activities Included are:
Snorkelling, Walks, Mountain Bikes, Kayaks and Sailing.

Room Features:
Each cottage faces the lake with a large handcrafted bed and en-suite bathroom. All accommodation has private terraces most with direct access to the water.

Included Activities:
Walking or biking around the island is a must. The local population is legendary both for its friendliness and thus a simple unescorted stroll around the island perhaps with a few cold drinks and snacks is a wonderful experience where one can stop off to swim en route, engage the locals in conversation and visit the cathedral, local school and the lively market nearby. Take a stroll to the local textile project, Katundu - www.katundu.net. Mountain bikes are available for use.
The waters around the lodge are both safe and clear (free of hippos) and swimming and snorkelling are on offer - some of the best fresh water snorkelling in the world is right here (snorkels and masks are provided).
Kayaking, windsurfing and sailing (3 lasers and a laser 2)

Optional Activities:
Diving - Kaya Mawa is also a PADI accredited dive centre with two in house PADI dive instructors. The centre is able to teach courses all the way from a 3 hour discovery dive to Dive Master. With some of the best fresh water diving in the world and some 11 recognised dive sites nearby.
Water sports - Three boats available for wakeboarding, water-skiing and knee boarding.
Kaya Mawa has a qualified sailing instructor in-house, plus water-ski instructor.
Quad biking

Kaya Mawa sailing and other activites
 
Children:
Kaya Mawa welcomes children of all ages and offer excellent reduced child rates.

How to Get There:
Likoma Island is accessible by daily charter flights from Lilongwe (duration approx. 50 minutes) and 15 minute road transfer. An international departure tax of US $30 per person has to be paid at Lilongwe airport when flying to Likoma Island.

Weddings / Honeymoons
Kaya Mawa is the perfect wedding destination with various locations for the ceremony and reception. Experienced and friendly staff can arrange and host unique weddings on the Island.
Kaya Mawa is ideal for honeymooners with a selection of accommodation offering privacy, views and beach access.

Climate / Seasons
Great year round destination. Best climate can be experienced from late Apr to Nov, with June to Aug being the coolest months (20-25 degrees during the day) and the remainder of the year often experiencing higher temperatures of 30-37 degrees. The months of Dec to Apr is the rainy season, however rains often tend to fall in the evenings.

Responsible Tourism
As an integral part of the community from the outset, Kaya Mawa has been involved in support and development within the community. They have been involved in numerous different projects, from piping water to the villages to feeding programmes. Katundu Textiles, founded & managed by Suzie Lightfoot, has been the backbone of the creation and design of all the soft furnishings for the recent refurbishment at Kaya Mawa. This involved staff training on site to do welding, weaving and produce superb textiles. www.katundu.net
 
Kaya Mawa children of Likoma Island

The Area
To visit Likoma Island is to step back in time. Likoma Island remains almost untouched since its discovery by Scottish Missionaries at the end of the nineteenth century. The island measures just 17 sq km with dirt roads and a few vehicles, the local people survive largely by fishing and rice and cassava farming. The island has hundreds of huge baobab trees and a number of glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves.

Guests are advised to consult their doctor on suitable malaria prophylactics, as Malawi is a malaria region. Kaya Mawa tests regularly for bilharzia and results have proven clear every time.

Visas are not required for Malawi if traveling on United Kingdom, USA and most European passports. Please inquire with the nearest Consulate of Malawi or for further details view: www.malawihighcommission.co.uk/.

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