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Likoma Island & Mozambique Lakeshore, Malawi

Towards the northeastern corner of the lake close to the Mozambique shores lies the tiny unspoilt Likoma Island, with its rocky promontories, golden beaches and huge baobab trees.

Colonial history

This sleepy island is steeped in colonial history, evidenced by St Peter’s Cathedral which was built by missionaries who came to the island inspired by the words of David Livingstone.

The Mozambique shores lie close by and are reached by a short speedboat trip from Likoma Island. Here visitors will find untouched wilderness stretching down to white sand beaches.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Likoma Island & Mozambique Lakeshore

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Likoma Island & Mozambique Lakeshore, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Likoma Island & Mozambique Lakeshore

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Likoma Island & Mozambique Lakeshore. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Nkwichi Lodge, Manda Bay Wilderness Area

      Nkwichi Lodge

      First Class

      Located on the Mozambique shores of Lake Malawi, Nkwichi easily rivals the Indian Ocean beaches on the eastern side of the country. The staff are friendly and welcoming. A lot of lodges make claims to "eco-tourism" but a stay at Nkwichi feels like the real thing.

    • Ndomo Point House, Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island

      Kaya Mawa

      First Class

      Kaya Mawa is a unique lodge in Malawi on Likoma Island. Accommodation is luxurious with great attention to detail. The staff are extremely friendly and accommodating and make you feel at home.

    Ideas for experiencing Likoma Island & Mozambique Lakeshore

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Likoma Island & Mozambique Lakeshore, and which use the best local guides.

    • Lake Malawi

      Watch the Local Choir & Dance Group

      Likoma Island & Mozambique Lakeshore

      Kaya Mawa is frequently visited by a local choir and Malipenga and Chioda dancing teams. The Malipenga (male) and Chioda (female) dance team are an integral part of Malawi culture. Feathers in caps, socks pulled up to the knees, the haunting trumpeting of the calabash tells the story of colonial days gone by.

    • The Cathedral on Likoma Island

      Visit St Peter's Cathedral

      Likoma Island & Mozambique Lakeshore

      We definitely recommend taking a stroll or a boat trip over to the "town" and visiting the huge St. Peter's Cathedral which was built in 1905 by missionaries