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    A Private Island Escape in Malawi

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    A Private Island Escape in Malawi

    OCTAVIA BOLITHO

    After the early morning wake ups whilst on safari there is nothing better than escaping to the coast for complete relaxation; and Kaya Mawa is ideal. Likoma Island is a short flight by light aircraft from Lilongwe flying over beautiful Lake Malawi. Likoma Island feels completely undiscovered; raw Africa at its best. Under strict instructions to do as little as we wished, we spent the afternoon snorkelling around our room and kayaking over to the main area. The water was crystal clear and filled with an array of fish and all in fresh water. The crystal clear water, golden sand and range of watersports were all we hoped they would be at Kaya Mawa.

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    One of the main highlights of our stay was a trip to St Peter’s Cathedral on the slopes of Likoma Island. This was built by missionaries inspired by David Livingstone and completed in 1911. It is arguably the biggest, oldest and, we think, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Central Africa.

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    We headed out early to explore the Island and the cathedral was the final stop on our journey. We were guided around by an incredibly charismatic Malawian, keen to show us every inch of the enormous building.

    We quickly set about discovering the nooks and crannies for ourselves. The atmosphere was wonderfuland whilst we explored we could hear beautiful singing; a choir of at least 40 or so we thought. We finally tracked them down to one of the outer rooms and knocked shyly on the door during a break in their singing. The sight we were met with shocked us, as despite the cacophony of noise, inside was a group of only five men and women. We tiptoed in and they continued their choir practice each person adding a different element to the songs. One man in particular had the most incredible and soulful voice that would have put any ‘x-factor’ singer to shame with a constant and beaming smile on his face throughout. It was an incredibly moving experience which brought a tear to the eye. A memory that will remain with us forever.

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