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Lake Malawi Holiday

8 days from £2745pp plus international flights.

Sitting by Lake Malawi is just like being next to the sea, but with a few less waves! It makes a wonderful beach escape to add on to a safari either within Malawi, or maybe in Botswana, Zambia, or even northern South Africa. Or you can simply come here and enjoy the lake and its beaches on their own.

There are 'mainland' shore beach resorts, but for this suggestion we have gone for a lovely lodge called Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island within the lake. This is just a small island, really friendly, and a great place to meet the local people. There is even a huge cathedral here!

Kaya Mawa is a wonderfully peaceful beach lodge in a gorgeous position. You can simply sit and chill, or take part in the various watersports which are offered here - snorkelling, diving, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing ... Inland you can also go for walks or maybe borrow a mountain bike. There is also a pool of course.

The rooms are gorgeous, whether you want a romantic hideaway or a family room. Read more about the lodge on its own information page.

If your budget won't quite stretch to Kaya Mawa, talk to us about other great alternatives you can consider. And if you want to upgrade we can also help you with this too.

Likoma Island, Malawi


You will be met at Malawi's Lilongwe Airport and helped to transfer to the short flight to Likoma Island in Lake Malawi. The flight is about 1 hour, and very scenic.  On arrival you will be met and driven to Kaya Mawa lodge, your luxury beach base for the coming week. Lunch, dinner. 
Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi


Your first to relax and enjoy Kaya Mawa's unique spot on the lake. Full board.
snorkelling at Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi


If the relaxing on the beach, swmimming, snorkelling, excellent food and wine all gets a bit too much, there's always the mountain bikes!  Full board.
Relaxing at Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi


Your last full day. If you haven't managed to look at the island yet, we'd really recommend you take a bit of time to do so. But don't rush!  Full board. 
Sunset drinks on holiday at Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi


Sadly it is time to head home. You'll be transferred to the airstrip for your flight back to Lilongwe and your onward connections. Breakfast. 

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2745 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 

2020 guide price pp based on 2 sharing:

26 Mar – 30 Jun 2020 & 01 Nov – 31 Dec 2020 from £2745
01 Jul – 31 Oct 2020 from £3995

Supplements may apply for festive periods


Airport transfers; domestic flights Lilongwe-Likoma Island - Lilongwe; accommodation on full board basis at Kaya Mawa; non-motorised watersports.


Internatonal flights and taxes; visa; drinks; tips; personal expenses.

Getting there: 

You need an international flight in and out of Malawi's capital, Lilongwe. Most flights to Lilongwe come via Johannesburg. A rough cost on flights is from about £800 per person. We usually book these for you.

Departure dates: This holiday can be taken at any time you like as it is a tailor made holiday. Low season is from 25 March to end of June, plus November to 9 December.  High season is from July to October 2016.

places you will see

places you will see

Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi
Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Malawi is flanked by hills inland towards the Nyika Plateau and has some attractive sandy beaches as well as interesting villages to explore.
Likoma Island
Likoma Island
Likoma Island is the larger of two inhabited islands in Lake Malawi which belong to Malawi but lie in Mozambique water. There is one main lodge on the island, Kaya Mawa and only a couple of cars, making it a peaceful place to relax and walk around.

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5/5 from 11 reviews

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facts and information

Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: International flights to Malawi are either with Kenya Airways (via Nairobi) or South African Airways (via Johannesburg) then to Lilongwe or Blantyre.

Language: English is the official language but not widely used in rural areas. Chichewa is commonly used.

Visas: Not needed for most nationalities but check with your embassy. You need a Mozambique visa for Nkwichi Lodge.

Health: No vaccinations are compulsory but some are recommended. Yellow Fever certificate required for Nkwichi Lodge (Mozambique). See your GP for advice.



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