A country worth exploring

The crown and jewel of the country’s tourist attraction is Lake Malawi, “discovered” by the missionary explore Dr. David Livingstone just over 150 years ago. Malawi although landlocked, is not denied its “inland sea.” This enormous body of freshwater fringed by beaches of golden sand is only a spectacular wonderland, but it provides water sports activities for those looking for above the typical sun, swimming and sand, and experience. Lake Malawi is approximate 365 miles north to south and 52 miles broad, therefore the name: “the calendar lake.” The Lake, in the north, is quite deep plunging well below sea level: 2300 ft/700 m. reflecting the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley, which is the origin of the lake. The width of the lake’s shorelands varies from nothing to over 25 kilometers 16 miles, the edge of the Rift valley ascending steeply in areas and more smoothly in others.

Because of its plentiful fish harvest, the Lake plays an essential part in the economy. Scattered Fishing villages found on the shore, and the old industry and practices are an appeal to visitors. Getting to the lake is possible along much of its length, but it should be recorded that it usually is necessary to take a short detour off the main roads to reach the beach. Despite the attraction the lake has to the settlement, there are long ranges of isolated entirely golden sand crystal clear Lakeshore. Scuba diving, water skiing, Kayaking, Sailing, and  Snorkeling, are just some of the many lake activities available to guests. Tours by lake range from the favorite motor vessel the Ilala to sailing in an ocean, yachting. Voyages into the upper fields of the great Shire River are available.

Likoma Island
North Malawi - Cultural / people, Lake
Likoma Island is a little piece of Malawian territory in Mozambican waters. Its history the set up here of its headquarters of the University Mission to Central Africa in the 1880s brought it to be kept by Malawi when the Lake was distributed politically following World War II.
Likoma’s claim to glory is because of its cathedral the size of Winchester’s on whose work began in 1903. This large building has some most appealing features including carved soapstone and stained glass.
The island is otherwise somewhat barren although it has bustling local communities and some lovely beaches. Nearby is another tiny island, Chizumulu, also Malawian territory. Access to Likoma is currently by boat or charter aircraft. There is an ever-increasing number of vessel offering transfers between Nkhata Bay and Likoma. For details see here. Accommodation on Likoma is limited but includes the charming mid-market property of Ulisa Bay Lodge. A beautiful barefoot luxury lodge is just across the water on the Mozambique shore of the lake – Nkwichi Lodge at Manda wilderness.

Club Makokola – Makokola Retreats

Where to stay: Experience of Africa

Welcome to the Makokola Retreat land of radiantly green gardens showcase spacious beach villas and rooms rested along the shores of Lake Malawi. We give friendly service on an adventure in Malawi. This showpiece property captures the spirit of African tradition, design, and culture. Your stay with us will satisfy all your senses connecting you with nature at the retreat.

Located on the palm-fringed southern shore of Lake Malawi north of Mangochi, A small distance away is Boadzulu Island; the retreat is next to Lake Malawi’s National Park and habitat to numerous fish, reptiles, and fish.


Made for uniqueness

Designed to blend apart of the surrounding beauty with public gardens and amazing vistas along Lake Malawi. The Makokola Retreat offers many possibilities to make you feel at home. Our hand-built villas blend ethnic chic with all that is traditional in Malawi. All the amenities required during your getaway are here, accentuated by locally made wooden beams and traditional artwork under a thatched roof. The Malawian theme conveyed through the décor, with handmade furniture, typical artifacts in vivid and vibrant colors.

Rooms are steps from the beach yet created with privacy in mind. On the Makokola Retreat grounds, pathways form comfort nestled in the midst of magical natural gardens. It is a haven of rest feeling one with the environment. There is a fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces where time becomes your own.

Enthusiastic Malawian host will take care of during your stay.  Taking care of all your needs, including and not limited; arranging activities, serving your meals, and conducting you on tours. This service is apart of  Makokola Retreat’s dedication to the local community and upliftment of the country’s people. Although most of them have little in the way of formal education, they have a genuine warmth and kindness and will be splendid to receive you.

Room types are: Lake Suites, Sunset Villa, Lake Villa, Beach Room, Family Rooms

Water-based: Most of the water activities focused around the Lake. You can snorkel the waters which are abundant in freshwater life or watch the sunset as you sail on our boats or maybe cruise to the island nearby or water-ski close to the beach. The Makokola Retreat is a water lover’s paradise, and we can provide equipment and guides for: Snorkeling, Sailing, Waterskiing, Speedboats rentals, Wake snake, Kayaks, Round tubes, Island Excursions:

Land Based: An exciting array of land activities awaits you at The Makokola Retreat. Venture on a village excursions rich in culture or discover the local flora and fauna. In case the mood for a more challenging activity, golfing or a beach volleyball match can be an exceptionally memorable experience in this fantastic setting. At the Retreat you can enjoy:

The Lake Spa, Golf, Bowls, Tennis (floodlit tennis court), Squash, five a side soccer (floodlit field), Beach volleyball, Cultural and historical encounters, Bird watching, Day trips.

Where to stay

The choice is yours

Kaya Mawa Lodge

Connect with the wild life

Found on the beautiful Likoma Island in the heart of Lake Malawi, set in the center of Africa. The destinations offer the ultimate beach destination in Africa, as a beautiful escape in itself. Offering total relaxation and self-indulgence, or enjoying a range of different water sports. After arriving on the island’s airstrip, you will encounter the warmest hospitality by the loving people in the local communities.


Voted in the top ten ‘Most Romantic Place in the World, by Conde Nast and in the Tattler top 101 Hotels in the world, most recently voted, Most romantic safari property, by the safari awards 2018.  Also voted Best Beach estate in Africa in the Good Safari Awards. From the natural white sandy beach, the beautiful lodge is blended in with nature and the staff recruited from the local community, and there is just nothing like visiting us.

Likoma Island is the bigger of two inhabited islands on Lake Malawi, one of Africa’s largest lakes and also one of the deepest lakes in the world and is the most diverse freshwater ecosystem on the planet as well as harboring a predicted 1000+ fish species. The Island stars remarkable white sandy beaches, succulent vegetation, Mango trees, and Baobab tree forests. Likoma is home to about 9000+ people, who will give you the friendliest welcome, as you walk in the villages. Despite its small size, Likoma Island features St Peters cathedral, one of the largest churches in Africa.

If all of this isn’t enough then why not pamper yourself in the spa and let our resident masseuse work away all your aches and pains.

  • Why should you come over here?
  •  The best beach lodge in Africa
  •  The warmest welcome by the local people
  • The perfect escape from it all
Activities at Pumulani Lodge


At Kaya, offers a variety of comfortable rooms, all with spectacular views of the beach or lake. Each chalet is having its unique décor and some offering private pools.


SOME OF the ACTIVITIES IN LAKE MALAWI/LIKOMA ISLAND: Scuba diving and Snorkeling, Sailing, Kayaking, and Paddle Boarding, Kite Surfing, Football, Quad biking, Mountain Biking.

Pumulani Lodge

A lodge for important people

Situated on the west of the Nankumba Peninsula the south of Lake Malawi you can spot Pumulani subtly snuggled in the lush hills in the trees and rugged outcrops. Ten villas accommodate the ultimate in space, privacy design, and comfort.

The lodge: Luxury accommodation, friendly personal services and stunning views over Lake Malawi combine to make Pumulani the perfect African beach lodge. Dutch architect G. Hooft Graafland designed each of the ten villas separately adapting them to their location to ensure they blend into their different environment. The gently curving lines of the substantial dwellings reflect the patterns and actions of the lake forward with the interior design, which is directly inspired by the surrounding nature.

Every villa has a large bedroom, which opens out onto a secluded deck where front risers can experience the morning’s first rays. The bathrooms also offer excellent views and are well equipped with a bathtub, double shower, and double sink, and the spacious lounge offers area further comfort for those wishing to relax in the room.

The primary area consists of a large open restaurant with an undercover area, bar, and a cozy fire area. Our infinity swimming pools are on a  deck. Three elevated walkways with steps lead off from the central region to the villas and down to the beach and our other infinity swimming pool. Pumulani implies “rest well” in the local Chichewa language, and that’s precisely what we offer – the chance to relax in a beautiful and peaceful setting.

Activities at Pumulani Lodge

On the water

Our 40ft traditional, handcrafted dhow is a slow and relaxing way to enjoy the tranquility of Lake Malawi. Whether it be on an early morning breakfast cruise or a magical sunset cruise. Our two speedboats can whisk you around the lake with various water activities such as water-skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. Alternatively, an exciting drive to isolated spots where you can jump out the boat and snorkel or dive catching the clouds of tropical fish that inhabit the water. For the more expert sailors, we have two things which are great fun to nip around the lake.

Land excursions: Take a guided hike from the lodge up into the hills enjoying the views and beauty as well as the beautiful birdlife. Coming down from the mountains to the lake shore a kayak will meet you there for a flat paddle back.

Beach: Enjoy the peace and relax under the shade of a parasol or tree on the bench with a good look.

Village Tours: Take an escorted walk through the village seeing and having the local traditions and rituals explained.

After Dark: Revel in the delights of the night sky with our incredible stargazer, it will revolutionize the way you look at the stars.

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Why should you come over here?

Find out for yourself
  • The best beach lodge in Africa
  • The warmest welcome by the local people
  • The perfect escape from it all


At Kaya, offers a variety of comfortable rooms, all with spectacular views of the beach or lake. Each chalet is having its unique décor and some offering private pools.


SOME OF the ACTIVITIES IN LAKE MALAWI/LIKOMA ISLAND: Scuba diving and Snorkeling, Sailing, Kayaking, and Paddle Boarding, Kite Surfing, Football, Quad biking, Mountain Biking.

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