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Malawi Safari

Pumulani On Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi National Park, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Pumulani on Lake Malawi, Malawi
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Pumulani is an exclusive beach lodge within Lake Malawi National Park.

The lodge is part of Robin Pope Safaris. The company was founded in 1986 and offers exclusive game lodges, house rentals and private walking safaris in the South Luangwa National Park, plus Mkulumadzi, a luxury lodge in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Southern Malawi. With high standards and friendly service guaranteed, Pumulani is the perfect location for a relaxing beach holiday, or a magical place to unwind after a wildlife safari.

Robin Pope Safaris started as a small family business run by Robin, one of the best known bush guides in Africa, and his wife Jo. The couple are pioneers of responsible tourism in Zambia and since 1988 have supported a number of community projects including a local school. Recently the company has grown and become part of Molecaten Africa, a Dutch family business.

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The lodge has ten individually-designed villas spread out along a lush hillside overlooking the lake. Each villa boasts a large bedroom, a spacious living area and a private deck with lake view. Guests can relax on the sandy beach or at our stylish infinity pool. For those seeking activity, there is waterskiing, sailing, diving, wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkelling, fishing and birdwatching. At sunset we offer scenic cruises on our traditional wooden dhow. It’s the perfect way to experience the beauty of Lake Malawi, described by the explorer David Livingstone as The Lake of Stars.

Luxury accommodation, friendly personal service and stunning views over Lake Malawi combine to make Pumulani the perfect African beach lodge. Individually designed by the Dutch architect, G. Hooft Graafland, the ten villas are modern and spacious, their clean lines blending harmoniously with the surrounding nature.  The name Pumulani means “rest well” in the local Chichewa language, and that’s exactly what we offer – the chance to unwind in a beautiful and tranquil setting.

Nestled in lush hills above the still waters of Lake Malawi, our villas provide the ultimate in design and comfort. Their distinctive grass roofs reflect the heat of the African sun while the simple and elegant interiors ensure comfort and privacy.

Each of the villas is different, varying in size from a generous 125 square metres up to 175 square metres. Each has a large bedroom, a comfortable sitting area and a well equipped bathroom with bathtub, double shower and twin sinks.

The gently curving lines of the villas reflect the patterns of the lake, while interior design details are inspired by the surrounding nature – the beach, the flora and the marine life. The bedrooms open out onto private decking where guests can enjoy the morning sun, while the lounge areas have sliding doors that give access to a private deck with stunning lake views.

The accommodation comprises:
• 4 villas with twin beds
• 4 villas with a king size bed
• 1 honeymoon chalet
• 1 family room that sleeps 4 (or 5 with smaller children)

Dining at Pumulani
It is only fitting that our superb location and luxurious accommodation should be matched by outstanding dining. Our restaurant serves the finest international cuisine taking advantage of fresh local ingredients. All meals and drinks are included in our rates and guests can choose to eat either inside, or outside on our deck overlooking the lake.
We offer an extensive breakfast with an à la carte menu, while lunch is made up of light, tasty dishes including a variety of salads, meat and fresh fish. At sunset we offer snacks and drinks followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner. There is also a lakeside bar serving light snacks and drinks, all included in our rates.  Our chefs are happy to alter meal times to fit individual guest needs, so if you arrive late or depart early, or if you are enjoying one of our many activities, there is no need for you to miss a meal.


Relaxing at Pumulani
Our remote location makes Pumulani the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries. Lie on the beach or recline on a sun bed beside our beautiful infinity pool.


Children at Pumulani
Children are welcome at Pumulani, but from 15 July - September we have an age limit of seven years.


Electricity and water
Pumulani is supplied by 220V mains electricity. Malawi uses UK-style three-pin plugs, so if you are visiting from mainland Europe or the US, you may wish to bring your own adapters.

In the event of a power cut we run our own generator. Please note that it takes a few minutes before the generator kicks in after a power cut. Our water is purified but we advise you to drink the bottled water, which is supplied free of charge.

Water sports
Many visitors to Lake Malawi are surprised at the quality of the water – it is clean, clear and warm, with no currents and no salt content. This makes it wonderful for swimming, but also ideal for watersports.

At Pumulani, guests can enjoy snorkelling, fishing, sailing and kayaking – all included in the price of your stay. For a small extra charge we also offer waterskiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides.

Diving in Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi is the world’s most ecologically diverse lake. Its crystal clear waters are home to more than a thousand species of fish, including hundreds of species of colourful cichlids.

The southern part of the lake boasts some the best diving in Africa, with clouds of tropical fish swimming undisturbed amongst lush volcanic islands. Much of the action takes place in the calm shallows, making it excellent for snorkelling. The water is so clear that it is even possible to observe the marine life from aboard a boat or kayak.

Dhow cruises
What could be more inviting after a day spent basking in the African sun than a sunset cruise on a traditional wooden dhow? Our 40ft (12-metre) boat was hand built by Malawian craftsmen and is powered by a large triangular sail and a 40hp engine. Climb aboard and let our experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset, all included in the price of your stay.

We have three 2 man sailboats available for guest use; this is an ideal way to get out onto the Lake and enjoy the freedom of sailing yourself. Guests wishing to make use of these dinghies must be experienced sailors. For those with little sailing experience a guide can be arranged.

Mountain Biking
There are Mountain Bikes for you to explore the surrounding areas. A suggested activity is to combine a bike ride with a kayak. A guide will escort you on bike trails through woodland and village areas, to finish on the Lake shore across the bay from Pumulani. Kayaks will be waiting for you to paddle back to Pumulani across Kasankha Bay.

Guided walks are offered as an option to discover the area surrounding the lodge. The walking trail offers some excellent birding as well as opportunities to spot Hyraxes, Samango Monkeys, Bushbuck and Klipspringer and Spot-Necked Otter whilst paddling back. Bird specials include Bohms Bee-Eater, narina trogon, livingstones Flycatcher, Red-Throated Twinspot, Verreaux’s Eagle and African Hawk-Eagle amongst others.

A popular combination is a walk along the trail heading through the hills, finishing at a secluded beach and kayaking back to Pumulani along the shoreline of the National Park.

Village walks
At Pumulani we are particularly proud to offer a unique activity for our guests – guided walks through some of the local villages. Malawians are renowned for being amongst the most friendly people in Africa and during your stay you will have the opportunity to meet them.

Accompanied by local guides, you will be welcomed into people’s homes to see how they work, eat and relax. You will also get an insight into how village life operates, as people explain their traditions and rituals. Village walks are also included in the price of your stay.

Birding in Malawi
Birdwatchers will be entranced by the wealth and variety of birdlife on Lake Malawi. As well as endemic species, it is also possible to see migrating species as they pass north and south. Expert guides can help you identify birds on the lake shore, in the gardens of the lodge and in the wooded hillsides. Birdwatching and guided nature walks are included in our rates.

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