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Peacock Cichlid Safari

Snorkel in Lake Malawi’s famously clear fresh water, relax on the beach and explore Likoma Island from the award-winning Kaya Mawa. A chilled luxury add-on to end your safari.

Peacock Cichlid Safari: Summary

Peacock Cichlid Safari in a nutshell

Kaya Mawa is one of the best lodges in Malawi and we can’t think of a better setting to round off a safari than a few days relaxing on its golden beaches and discovering Lake Malawi’s crystal-clear waters.

Sat at the southern tip of Likoma Island, close to Mozambique’s shoreline and entirely surrounded by its portion of the lake, Kaya Mawa is chic spot full of character thanks to welcoming staff from the community and décor by local craftspeople using traditional methods and recycled materials. All 12 stylish rooms and private houses are nicely secluded with views out across the water, some with plunge pools and direct access to the lake.

For those after something a little more active than beach and spa time, head out on kayaks, go snorkelling to see Lake Malawi’s endemic rainbow of cichlid fish, take a PADI diving course or try your hand at sailing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding and waterskiing. On land, meet some of Likoma’s residents on visits to the cathedral, local market and community projects supported by the lodge. You can also take out mountain bikes and quadbikes.

Then return each evening to Kaya Mawa's bar and award-winning cuisine of local produce served on the beach under the stars.

At a glance

Starts: Lilongwe International Airport
4 nights Kaya Mawa - Likoma Island, Malawi Full Board
Ends: Lilongwe International Airport

Kaya Mawa

Days 1-5

Beside the implausibly clear waters of Lake Malawi, Kaya Mawa's rooms are widely spread around a golden beach and the two headlands that bound it. It has been designed imaginatively, with many rooms fitted carefully into the rocky headlands and having direct access to the lake.

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Kaya Mawa

Kaya Mawa

Likoma Island, Malawi

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Peacock Cichlid Safari.

  • Snorkelling with rainbow shoals of cichlids
  • Soak up the infectiously laidback feel of the lodge
  • Unwind on the beach or explore; what a choice!
  • Indulge in excellent cuisine with superb lake views
  • Absorb island culture on tours and from local staff

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Peacock Cichlid Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

  • Kayaking

  • Mountain biking

  • Scuba-diving

  • Self-guided walking

  • Snorkelling

  • Watersports

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KAYA MAWA in LIKOMA ISLAND

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