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About Mango Drift

Mango Drift is situated on the west side of Likoma Island, facing Chizimulu Island. We have a long stretch of beach which has our huts and dorm strung out along it, as well as a bar under a huge mango tree and an ablution block at one end with hot showers. Most people upon arriving like to chill out in our bar lounge or on the beach, have a meal from our menu, take a swim in the pool-like water of the lake or even head straight out to explore.

At Mango Drift we offer six on the beach chalets non en-suite as well as an en-suite dorm which can sleep nine guests. If you prefer to camp, just pick a spot anywhere on our expansive beach. All beds are covered with mosquito nets and there is a safe available should you need to lock anything away. Power points are supplied in each room and take a square-pinned, three-prong plug, 220V.

There are beautiful sights to see all around the island, as well as great interaction with the local community. The must-see sight of the island is the landmark, St Peters Cathedral near Mbamba town, over 100 years old and bigger than Winchester. Even if you’re not the cathedral type, it never fails to leave people awestruck.

Up on the north point of the island is a forest reserve, near to some beautiful beaches which makes for a great half-day walk from Mango. Or you can head across the island to Mbamba town and see the small cobbled market where locals get their daily supplies. A good spot to have lunch is the Hunger Clinic at the bottom of the town road, where you can get local fare at really good prices.

For those water babies out there, join our PADI instructors at Likoma Island Divers and dive into the most ecologically diverse fresh water environment in the world.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 26 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 39
  • Check-in: 01:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Beach
  • Budget
  • Mid Range

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • French
* Please enquire for further details.

Mango Drift Rooms

Mango Drift Map

Mango Drift is 3.5km from the centre of Likoma Island , the nearest airport 335.4km (Mfuwe International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Likoma Island

Mkuwazi Forest Reserve

(98.6 km from Likoma Island)

Mkuwazi Forest Reserve is a little like an unexpected hidden gem; a magnificent and unique natural forest surrounding the 870 metre high Mkuwazi Hill. Visitors may explore this evergreen forest on a full or half-day hike. Your hike will be...