Photo: Anisha Shah
Kaya Mawa is Africa’s answer to the Maldives
but loaded with authenticity. Rather than just
incorporate the surrounding local life, Kaya
Mawa showcases it as the highlight, positioned
amidst its raw and unedited beauty.
Watching local fishermen oar past my villa
deck in dugout canoes is enchanting. The
boats are overflowing in a mesh of green
fishing net and lined by around six Malawian
fishermen, all rowing in sync. They drift past,
seemingly oblivious to all but the end goal.
Ashore, some women wait for the fathers and
sons to return, helping to offload catch. Music
is playing and the atmosphere is celebratory.
In the evening, gospel singers from the Church
choir, right by the beach, walk into the lodge
to perform. Better yet, head to the Church on a
Sunday morning to hear the acoustics live.
Exploring the untouched island is a treat.
Locals are genuine and gentle, with an unassuming nature. Likoma is one of the few places
on the planet that remains so. I choose the
Quad Bike option at Kaya Mawa to tour the
island with a guide, ensuring the tour remains
culturally sensitive. Likoma actually has one of
the biggest cathedrals in Africa. It’s startling