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Mango Drift Tours

Mango Drift is a beach lodge designed for backpackers, families, divers, students, and anyone looking for an escape from the hassles of daily life and need someplace to relax and refresh their minds. Located on the stunning shores of Likoma Island, Mango Drift is surrounded by crystal-clear waters lapping with the sandy shores of an island haven that is inhabited by a peaceful and ever-smiling population. Walk around the old baobabs scattered over the island or visit the St Peters Cathedral built by the Church of Scotland back in 1886. You can partake in several activities, including swimming in the lake, paddle boarding, snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, bird watching, and many more.

Scuba Diving

Likoma Island is arguably one of the best diving spots in lake Malawi and offers the best freshwater diving experience in the world. The fact that Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species in the world speaks volumes of itself! Mango Drift is perched far enough from the coast and with incredible clear waters and visibility. You can either dive from Mango Drift or get a 20-minute boat dive to reach other better diving spots on the lake. If you are looking to have more fun, you can as well enjoy PADI boarding or get trained with their professional trainers and instructors.

Beach bar and restaurant

Start your day with cup of coffee served right on the beach while enjoying the beautiful views of the endless Lake of Stars. Watch the sun rays as they bounce in the lake at sunset while sipping an ice-cold beer. You can choose from their wide selection of beverages on their beverage menu. Their food menu has vegetarian options and food items are prepared using freshly picked vegetables and herbs from their own garden. The Mango Garden produces enough of lettuce, rocket, basil, tomato, zucchini, herbs and much more for the restaurant. They also outsource fresh fruits from the local market such as bananas, papaya, lemons, delicious avocados, potatoes, and many other seasonal fruits.

Sustainable Tourism

Mango drift works together with Green Safaris Foundation in support of Likoma Reforestation Project and Katundu Workshop. The Likoma Reforestation project was born in 2018 to curtail the impact of high demand for firewood because of increased population on the Island which saw high rate of cultivation of trees on the Island. Since its inception the project has made available land and plated over 50,000 fast growing trees which has resulted in protection of ecosystems and creation of jobs. Katundu Workshop empowers women through artisan training and sustainable income. The project combines production of items using recycled materials with emphasis on quality, innovation, and diverse product range.

OPEN: All year round



  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers and birds galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates


  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures


  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Best for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing
  • Dry weather

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.

  • Best Place on Likoma

    “Having been and stayed at most places on the island Mango Drift still comes out on top! The location is perfect being very sheltered with a nice beach for snorkelling, swimming, kayaking or just chilling. The food is so good and fairly priced considering we are on an island and getting stuff here is not cheap! Staff are such legends and super helpful. They also interact with guests very well. The vibe and many free activities that come along with your stay is a no brainer. The rooms are pretty basic but super cool, comfortable and always clean. A true little beach paradise! travelling alone, as a couple or family you won’t be disappointed.”

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Mango Drift Rocks

    “It was an amazing experience perfect for my family and friends I’m definitely going there again furthermore our host Jade was so understanding to all our needs as a family and went all out to help us. One of the most amazing things was the beach dinners. Ebike rides sailing all at no extra charge Mango drift and Kaya mouwa have the most amazing staff members. As i left I’ve already started planning my next trip. Ps: Jade you rock”

    A TripAdvisor Member
  • Paradise

    “Right on the beach. dreamy little huts and laid-back atmosphere. The food is good, especially the dinners and prices are okey for the quality. Using snorkel gear and kayaks is free of charge. Staff is very friendly”

    A TripAdvisor Member

Fast Facts

  • Location: Likoma Island, Lake Malawi
  • Internet connection:WiFi
  • Fans/Air ConFans
  • Number of rooms:1 family house, 5 beach chalets, 7 dorm beds
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome
  • Swimming poolNo

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