The gardens are a heaven for local wildlife, especially birds. Sitting on your balcony or outside your tent you can spot many varieties of sunbird, kingfishers and if your lucky bushbabies in the evening. There is a family of otters living on the lake shore that can be seen at dawn and dusk.
All along the shore we have little beaches and chill out spots where you can relax in a hammock or to sun bathe on the loungers. We have beautiful outdoor hot showers where you can bath in the sun or under the stars with a great view of the lake. To protect the environment we use compost toilets which are really easy and pleasant to use.
We are so fortunate at Mayoka Village that the waters of Lake Malawi are so clear. In the Northern region you will find the deepest part of the lake, 750 meters, which is only 5 kilometers from Nkhata Bay. This means that the waters will always be clean no matter what season it is. The lake varies in temperature only a little through out the year with the warmest being 26 degrees and coolest 21, so what ever the season it is always pleasant to swim.
All along the shore right in front of Mayoka you will see a huge variety of colorful tropical fish. Lake Malawi is famous for its Cichlid fish, which are very popular for aquariums and with biologists. Cichlids are the fastest evolving fish in the world which means that the lake has more than 1500 different species, all different in color, pattern and behavior, there is even one fish that only swims upside down to feed on the bottom of rocks.
The center of all communal activity at Mayoka Village is our bar and restaurant area. Open and shady, it provides a cool place to relax on the big comfy sofa during the day and a lively place to have a few drinks, chat to other travelers and play pool in the evening. The Views of the lake from our decks are stunning, especially during the rainy season when you get the best views of the lightning.
The communal area provides a focus for socializing, have a chat with our friendly staff, play some games with friends or get the latest information from the travelers grapevine!
We cook all the food for our restaurant from fresh ingredients for each individual order, we are very proud of the quality of our food. We source all our fresh fruit and vegetables from local small scale farmers and grow all our own herbs in the Mayoka gardens. We have an extensive and exciting menu with dishes from all over the world and on any given day you will find great lunch specials and evening meals which make the most of the seasonal produce.