Welcome to Likoma Island
Mango Drift welcomes you on Likoma Island!
We are a beach lodge for families, backpackers, students, divers, adrenaline seekers, people looking to relax, and many more ...
Discover the beauty of this island surrounded by crystalline waters, an impressive variety of colourful fishes, wide sandy beaches held together by a peaceful and smiling population.
Hike around century-old baobabs, in the hills or visit the Saint Peter’s Cathedral in the lively local town. Swim, Paddle, Snorkel, Scuba Dive, Sail, Birdwatch or just have a fresh mango juice at the beach and relax.
There is something for everybody at Mango Drift!
A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SINCE 1984
A UNIQUE FRESHWATER EXPERIENCE
Lake Malawi surprises many with its wondrous diving. Likoma island provides the most unique diving spot of the lake.
You can dive from the shore at Mango Drift or organize a boat dive that in max 20 min will make you reach most of our dive site. Want to try something more fun? Learn to dive with our official PADI dive instructors. There are courses to suit all levels, from 10 years old up to professional Divemaster.
Learn to dive in the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi.
Make a Difference
At Mango Drift, we believe strongly in being part of both the local community and the endemic ecosystem. Therefore we carry a responsibility to look after our community and ecosystem.
Together with the Greensafaris Foundation we work on the Likoma Reforestation Project and support Katundu Workshop.
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Lake Malawi in the News
LAKE OF STARS
Voted Africa’s best Music Festival by CNN: "simply the finest festival in the world"; "the world's most spectacular music festival"; “minister of tourism even skydived into the festival.”
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT LAKE MALAWI
“The park is well on its way to becoming a major success story within the realm of African conservation - in 2015, tens of thousands of wire traps were removed from the park’s grounds, allowing the many hippos in the waterways to thrive unimpeded. Visitors to this preserve should also keep watch for newly reintroduced lions, black rhinos, and especially cheetahs - the latter species had been extirpated from the country for twenty years before being reintroduced in 2017.” - Forbes
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
Lake Malawi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's home to the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world, thought to be between 500 and 1,000, according to UNESCO.
“The property is an area of exceptional natural beauty with its islands and clear waters set against the background of the Great African Rift Valley escarpment. Habitat types vary from rocky shorelines to sandy beaches and from wooded hillsides to swamps and lagoons. Granitic hills rise steeply from lakeshore and there are a number of sandy bays”
FISHY MYSTERY OF LAKE MALAWI
“In the second-largest lake in Africa, fish evolution is taking place at an explosive rate. Why? Scientists are diving into the question.” - Smithsonian