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Through Malawi (via Likoma Island, a small Malawian island next to the Mozambican coastline)

  • By Ferry: The Likoma Express has recently launched, carrying you quickly from Malawi mainland to Likoma and can be booked directly – we suggest you arrange this early to avoid disappointment). The link under ‘Likoma Express’ is
  • By Air: A small charter plane flies you from Lilongwe to Likoma island, giving you a spectacular Fish Eagle’s view of the lake. Please contact the charter company FlyNyasa, directly to make your booking.) The link under here is
  • By historical ferry: Hop on board the old lady of the lake, the Ilala Ferry, which moves passengers and goods from town to town, up and down the length of Lake Malawi. You can board the ferry for an overnight trip to Likoma Island at Senga Bay, a 90km drive from Lilongwe, although there are other boarding points in Malawi, depending where you are. For more information and timetable see Malawi Shipping Company (More Information).  Here is a wonderful blog post from a traveller in Malawi who gives a very honest report on her Ilala experience, along with plenty of information: 
  • Whether you come by air or by ferry, you will be met in Likoma by the Nkwichi team, ready to help you through customs and immigration, and escort you on our boat over to Nkwichi. 

Through Mozambique (arriving at Cobue, a small town on the lake, where the road ends)

  • (4×4 transfer (or self-drive): We can help arrange road transport for you from Lichinga, the capital of Niassa province where Nkwichi is located, to the nearby town of Cobue. The drive takes at least four hours, crossing the spectacular Rift Valley escarpment, passing local villages and communities along the way. Our boat will be waiting for you on arrival at the lake shore ready to escort you on to Nkwichi. Alternatively our boat can pick you at Messumba, which is a more comfortable trip during the rainy season and until the dirt road has been repaired annually thereafter!

Please note: boat transfer depends on lake conditions and there is a risk of winds and rough weather from June – September. Total transfer time from Likoma to Nkwichi can take up to 2 hours, including stops for immigration and maritime administration.