A TRULY AFRICAN TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Likoma Island is a little off the beaten track – which suits most people. There are few options when choosing transport to get to Mango Drift. One of the more chosen routes is on the MV Ilala, an old steamer that ferries people and goods up and down the lake on a weekly schedule.
Arriving in Likoma by flight is something that will stick to your memories. Flying to Likoma is becoming more affordable and easy to book. Air Ulendo fly to Likoma almost every day, check their website www.flyulendo.com or email them at email@example.com, for calls: +265 (0) 999 970 700.
Flight from Lilongwe - 1h
Flight from Mzuzu - 30 minutes
The Chambo is a more modern and faster option; snacks and drinks are available onboard, it is the only boat with scheduled cruising to Mozambique. Tickets are bought on the ship on the day in Malawi Kwacha. The approx. US$ one-way fares are:-
Likoma – Nkhata Bay (price: $6)
Likoma - Mbamba Bay (price: $10)
Likoma Metangula (price: $13)
Tickets for both the Ilala and Lamani boats are available onboard. Make sure you keep your ticket with you as it will be checked when you are leaving the ferry.
Nkhata Bay - Likoma Island (Ilala)
Departure at 11pm - arrival at 7am (Tuesday)
Senga Bay - Likoma Island (Ilala)
Every Friday afternoon
Departure at 16:30pm - arrival midday (Saturday)
Nkhata Bay - Chizimulu - Likoma Island (Lamina)
Every Monday and Thursday
Departure at 8:30am - arrival in the evening
MV Chambo schedule:
Monday: Mbamba Bay (Tanzania) - Likoma Island - Cobue (Mozambique) - Metangula (Mozambique)
Wednesday: Metangula (Mozambique) - Cobue (Mozambique) - Likoma Island - Chizimulu
Thursday: Nkhata Bay - Chizimulu - Likoma Island - Cobue (Mozambique) - Metangula (Mozambique)
Saturday: Metangula (Mozambique) - Cobue (Mozambique) - Likoma Island - Mbamba Bay (Tanzania)