Some of the rooms at Kaya Mawa are on tiny islands - accessed by footbridge
LIKOMA ISLAND & ENVIRONS
About halfway up the lake, and within Mozambique’s territorial waters, lies the small Malawian island of Likoma. This island covers only 17km² and is 7km from the Mozambican shoreline; its inhabitants are mostly fishermen, but there are a couple of tiny villages, one bush road, a few vehicles and some bicycles. There is just one town, Kapyela, where (amazingly) you’ll find St Peter’s Cathedral – the third largest cathedral in Central Africa! It’s a lovely building in regular use, decorated inside with a great deal of carved soapstone and featuring stained-glass windows in perfect condition.
Likoma Island’s sandy beaches and secluded coves have some of the best freshwater snorkelling and diving in the world. On the southern tip of the island, spread between two beaches, Kaya Mawa Lodge is small and very impressive – having been refurbished/rebuilt in the last few years with great imagination. Many of its ten hand-built stone-and-thatch cottages are perched on the rocks with panoramic views of the lake; others are nearer the beach. Each has its own private patio, while inside are a king-size bed, sunken bath, shower and a fabulous ‘loo with a view’! Kaya Mawa’s dining and bar
area is located right beside the beach. With excellent food and lovely beaches, the lodge is popular with families and couples who just want to relax.
However, Kaya Mawa also attracts those who want to be active. It has a dive centre, with excellent snorkelling and diving equipment, plus a speedboat for waterskiing, kayaks, a Laser dinghy and paddle-skis. On land you can head out on a mountain bike or try a little quadbiking, although some will also also enjoy exploring the island on foot. Kaya Mawa is a great little lodge; well worth the effort to get here.
A recent addition, Ndomo Point Lodge, is a stunning four-bedroom beach villa built by the owners of Kaya Mawa. For a family or a small group, this makes the perfect beach complement to the ‘safari houses’ of Zambia.
St Peter's Cathedral on Likoma Island
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