nkhata bay Activities

Nkhata Bay is a bustling port town. The town has a large food and clothing market selling various fresh fruits, vegetables and fish, colourful chitenges and second hand items, as well as numerous grocery and hardware stores. There are a selection of local restaurants, bars, a public beach, post office, banks and ATM’s. 


Guests at Butterfly Space can enjoy free snorkel equipment to explore the surrounding area. There is also free access to our community gym, slack line, hammocks and pool table, all of which offer amazing views of Lake Malawi. We also host monthly live music events & open mics.

Other activities:

Peanut butter making workshop at a local village

Massages; full body, head, neck, shoulder

Boat trips along Lake Malawi

Motorbike lessons & tours with Honeyman

Cooking lessons with Chef Friday, owner of Mkana Cafe

kayak on lake malawi


Monkey Business is the leading adventure company in Nkhata Bay. Their professional tour guides can take you on a fun-filled adventure on stunning Lake Malawi. With its magnificent shore line you’ll be gliding on the amazing turquoise waters during expeditions ranging from afternoon exploring to week-long expeditions. They offer guided trips in 5-metre-long, two man kayaks. Choose to head north or south – one way or paddle a return trip. All equipment is included, plus  food which will be taken on the kayaks. 


Kayak south to Dambo Hide-away and Kande Beach. 3 days (2 nights). Continue your journey south or return to Nkhata Bay by road. Visit isolated fishing villages and beautiful unspoilt beaches. Buy fish straight from the dug-out canoes and cook them on open wood fires. 


See the dramatic landscapes of the North. Bush-camp at Lion’s Cave, a remote lakeside village set in the mountains. Meet local children, play games and sing songs around a fire. Explore Usisya’s underwater swim-throughs and Ruarwe’s stunning waterfall.

From $60 per day, per person


Lake Malawi is home to the magnificent Fish-Eagle. We can organise a trip to see these amazing birds in action. We’ll draw them in close with tasty fish so you can get an intimate look and take brilliant photos. The African fish-eagle or the African sea eagle, is a large species of eagle found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply occur. Don’t miss your chance to see theses huge birds up close and personal.

malawian woman carrying water


Experience traditional Malawian life – walk through the villages and on the edge of the jungle. See how local people live and cultivate their land. Learn about how they plant cassava, what they depend on and how they construct their homes.  Walk from Njaya Lodge to Lusukwe beach via these villages. When we reach the beach, feel free to have a swim, snorkel and jump off rocks into Lake Malawi. After lunch, head back to Chikale Beach via kayak.


Experience a stunning African sunset over the land from the comfort of a boat on Lake Malawi. Have a couple of  ‘Sun-downer’ cocktails, an evening swim in the lake and stare in wonder at the blanket of stars once the sun has gone down.

malawi sunset
rock jumping in lake malawi


Experience a delicious traditional Malawian style BBQ along with engaging activities such as snorkeling, cliff jumping and volleyball. Our expert tour guides know all the safest spots to jump from – Hold on to your shorts!

From $25 per person


See the stunning coast line and mountains of Nkhata Bay on cruise down the shore. Stop off and enjoy a refreshing drink and play volleyball at Chikale Beach. Spot fish eagles and the many species of fish along the way.

Minimum of 4 people required from $10/person. Refreshments separate.

lake malawi boat trip
scuba diving nkhata bay


Aqua Africa Scuba Diving School is located across the Bay from Butterfly. Lake Malawi is legendary amongst travellers to Africa – famous for its crystal clear warm water and laid-back atmosphere where the qualified team of dive experts will ensure you have an amazing dive!


 KAYA PAPAYA is a Dutch owned restaurant located in the heart of Nkhata Bay, and makes the perfect people watching spot, overlooking the lively markets while serving a range of international food all made fresh to order, including some delicious Dutch specialities. They also offer a fantastic selection of beverages, from smoothies, to home-made liquors….not to be missed!


For details on how to get here please see our How To Get Here section.

If you wish to make a Lodge booking please contact us by phone on:

+265 (0) 999265065 or +265 (0) 999156335.