“Pumulani is a special place in a wonderful setting, BUT it is the people that make it amazing!!
Thank you for your kindness, warmth and attentive service.
...”Jon - London, UK August 2017 more guest feedback
Situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the Southern end of Lake Malawi you can find Pumulani subtly nestled in the lush hills amongst the trees and craggy outcrops. The ten villas provide the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy.
David Livingstone famously named Lake Malawi “The Lake Of Stars” and for good reason, during the day the light dances across the deep blue water and once the sun has set the stars twinkle brightly both in the sky but also on the lake as the fishermen light up their hurricane lamps for their night on the lake.
Guests can relax on the sandy beach or enjoy an elevated view of the lake from the stylish infinity pool. For those seeking some activity we offer waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, walks in the hills, sunset cruises on our handbuilt dhow and snorkling and diving. Under water activities never fail to amaze as the diversity of fishlife is very surprising and experts say that this lake is home to more native fish species than any other in the world.
Pumulani offers the perfect mix for a memorable holiday. Enjoy being active or simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery.
Luxury accommodation, friendly personal service and stunning views over Lake Malawi combine to make Pumulani the perfect African beach lodge.
Dutch architect G. Hooft Graafland designed each of the ten villas individually adapting them to their own unique location to ensure they blend harmoniously into their different surroundings. The gently curving lines of the very spacious villas reflect the patterns and movements of the lake along with the interior design, which is directly inspired from the surrounding nature.
Each villa has a large bedroom, which opens out onto a private deck where early risers can enjoy the morning’s first rays. The bathrooms also offer splendid views and are well equipped with a bathtub, double shower and double sink, and the spacious lounge area offers further comfort for those wishing to relax in the room.
The central area consists of a spacious open restaurant with an undercover area, bar and a cosy fire area. The infinity swimming pool is on a lower terraced deck. Three raised walkways with steps lead off from the central area to the villas and down to the beach.
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.
On the water
· Our 40ft traditional, hand crafted dhow is a slow and relaxing way to enjoy the tranquillity of Lake Malawi. Whether it be on a early morning breakfast cruise or a magical sunset cruise.
· Our 2 speedboats can whisk you around the lake with various water activities such as water-skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. Or an exhilarating drive to secluded spots where you can jump out the boat and snorkel or dive taking in the clouds of tropical fish that inhabit the water.
· For the more experienced sailors we have two dhingys which are great fun to nip around the lake in.
· Take a guided walk from the lodge up into the hills enjoying the views and beauty as well as the wonderful birdlife. Coming down from the hills to the lake shore a kayak will meet you there for a gentle paddle back.
· Cycle down the hill from the lodge through the village and around the point where the kayaks will meet you for your paddle back.
· Enjoy the peace and quiet and relax under the shade of a parasol or tree on the beach with a good book.
· Take a guided walk through the village seeing and having the local traditions and rituals explained.
· Revel in the joys of the night sky with our incredible star gazer, it will revolutionise the way you look at the stars.
Pumulani is the ideal retreat for families welcoming children of all ages, the family villa specifically designed and positioned under the hillside on the lake shore allows children to play on the lawn under the mango trees in complete safety. Let our experienced team look after the children whilst mum and dad relax on the beach or go for a walk in the hills. There is not one minute for boredom, we can take them out on the speed boats, tubing, learning to water ski or simply wander around the property with one of our guides showing them the many birds and fantastically coloured skinks and igamas.
Children’s activities and services:
· our staff can look after the children in the villa and help supervise them during activities.
· cot and bedding available for younger children.
· meal times are flexible and can be fitted to your child’s needs. We have a selection of delicious child friendly food on the menu to choose from.
· swimming pool and beach ball.
· we have several fishing rods available and the rocky shoreline is a wonderful spot to test your skills.
· water sports – wakeboarding, water skiing and fun tubing, snorkelling kayaking.
The family villa is the closest to the beach and all activities are easily organised from this point. Just off the master bedroom is a twin room with a large spacious bathroom with double basins, showers and a bath. The sitting area has plenty of space for the whole family to relax.
Located privately within Lake Malawi National Park on the edge of the water is the beautiful and exclusive lodge Pumulani.
The spacious villas blending into the environment and the various spread out communal areas ensure that you are always able to feel alone. Take in the views from the dining room whilst enjoying a perfectly prepared meal or relax down at the beach and have lunch at the beach bar listening to the water lapping up against the beach.
Pumulani offers a range of activities from the enjoyment of a good book by the infinity pool or down at the beach to racing around the water with some waterskiing or wakeboarding. When the day starts to draw to a close enjoy a sail out in the dhow for sundowners in the middle of the lake and after dark take a closer look at the magic of the night sky through our stargazer.
Each villa has fans as well as air conditioning and all the windows can be closed making it perfectly safe for young families or first time travellers to Africa.
The team is welcoming and friendly and enjoys welcoming you into their home.
It is the little things that make a difference – a belief that we hold close and a comment which comes back time and time again. One of the biggest “little things” is the team who are there to make your holiday amazing.
As part of our responsible tourism policy we employ a team of staff mainly from the local community whom we bring through the system and teach and train as we go. From the guides who share their extensive knowledge and passion about the bush to our chefs tempting you at every turn with mouthwatering treats, we’ve built a team that we believe in but that also love what they do and have a great time doing it.