The Lodge


Voted in the top ten 'Most Romantic Places in the World' by Conde Nast and in the Tatler top 101 Hotels in the World and most recently voted the 3rd Best Beach Property in Africa 2013 in the Good Safari Awards and a finalist in 2012. From the construction and the staff to integration within the local community, there is literally nowhere else like it. Kaya Mawa first opened in 2000 after a six year building project.


Each room is individually designed in partnership with Katundu Textiles, a workshop set up on the island to empower single mothers. Communal areas include a bar, dining area and sitting area with views out onto the white sand beach and blue waters. The entire staff at Kaya come from the neighboring villages. The result - a uniquely stunning lodge with a feeling of contemporary rustic whilst ultimately chic all the while supporting as many of the local community as possible.


Khuyu Chalet


The first chalet on the beach, closest to the bar and restaurant, is Khuyu. This chalet is the perfect place for those who wish to just relax and enjoy the lake, boasting a beautiful private deck perfect for sunbathing or a romantic meal in the evening. The spacious bedroom with en suite shower and bath, comfortable bedding and well appointed sitting area offer all the comfort one needs.


Mbungu Chalet


Kaya's second chalet from the beach, built higher up in the rocks, Mbungu has stunning views across the lake to the neighboring island Chizimulu and across the Kaya Mawa beach. This secluded chalet with a private seating area also features a stone stairway leading to a private deck with access straight into the lake.


Msekwa Chalet


Nestled right on the edge of the lake, Msekwa chalet is a photographer's dream. The chalet boasts an arched entry way with steps passing through the bath (set under a huge rock) and shower then heading out onto the private deck set off to the side of the bedroom. The wooden walk way allows you to make the best of the lake and the stunning views. Jump in and snorkel just feet from your bed in the crystal clear waters and discover the abundance of fish that inhabit the lake.


Nkwhazi Chalet


Almost at the top of a rocky knoll, the Nkwhazi chalet boasts 180 degree views down to the lake and across to Mozambique. Nkwhazi features three split level decks and a private plunge pool with seating for two. Leading out from the bedroom is the bathroom and a loo with a view.


Mbamba Chalet


At the top of the knoll, the Mbamba chalet offers 360 degree stunning views of the lake from the bedroom, sitting area and private plunge pool under the canopy of the ficus tree.


Makengulu Chalet


A short trek across a wooden bridge lands you at Makengulu Chalet. On it's own island of sorts, this chalet is covered in bougainvillea with a beautiful room leading out on to a private wooden deck with stirs down to the jetty. Incredible views out onto the lake are had throughout the entire chalet.


Ngani Chalet


Redeveloped for 2013, Ngani is the only chalet on Kaya's second beach. A quirky room with en suite bath set into rocks, private infinity plunge pool and deck over the lake taking in the magnificent views to the south and across to Mozambique are only a few of this chalets features.


The Activties


Kaya Mawa offers wonderful water and land based activities. Scuba and snorkeling in the crystal blue warm waters are a must. Kite surfing, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and fishing are other great water adventures. Walking, hiking, mountain biking and quad biking are available ways to explore the island's interior and shore lines. Discover the culture on the island with visits to the local communities, 100 year old St. Peter's Cathedral and the Katundu Textile Workshop where single mothers handcraft a range of items constructed of local materials providing gainful employment and a chance for change.


Kaya Mawa also offers a full spa with massage room perched on a rock outcrop, just above the lake's water.


Kaya Mawa


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