Pumulani means 'place of rest', it is the ideal place to relax and unwind after a safari. It is on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula at the southern end of Lake Malawi. This is the only lodge situated inside the Lake Malawi National Park, an area which is now a World Heritage Site and protects the endangered cichlid fish of the area.
The lodge is on a hillside with lovely views from the rooms. The main building has an open-sided dining room, bar and a large deck with views over the lake. There is a horizon swimming pool on a lower terraced deck, and walkways that lead down to the beach and the second rim-flow pool.
The villa style rooms are huge and are privately separated by rocks and trees. Each of the ten rooms has a bedroom, bathroom and sitting area with raised decks. Luxurious bathrooms contain both showers and baths.
Pumulani has a private beach and a bar on the beach for drinks and light snacks, decks and 2 infinity pools. There are also shady gardens for those wanting to escape the sun! There are plenty of activities available, both water and land-based including dhow cruises at sunset, kayaking, cycling and village tours, or you can simply take life easily by one of the pools or the lake shore.
Open: From 1 April to 3 January.
Location: West side of Nankumba Peninsula, towards the southern end of Lake Malawi and within Lake Malawi National Park. Pumulani is a 3 hour drive or a 40 minute light aircraft flight plus a 20 minute drive from Lilongwe. Pumulani's sister property in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mkulumadzi, is a 5 hour drive away.
Rooms: Pumulani has 10 spacious, individually decorated villas, 4 villas with twin beds, 4 villas with a king size bed, 1 honeymoon chalet and 1 family room that sleeps 4. All have an indoor sitting area, private deck and an en-suite bathroom with a double shower, bath and twin hand basins. The honeymoon villa has an outdoor shower. Facilities include tea and coffee makers, minibars, fans and air conditioning.
Activities: Sailing, kayaking, fishing, snorkelling and taking a cruise aboard the lodge's dhow, Nkhwanzi. Motorised watersports like waterskiing and tubing, and diving are available at extra charge. On land you can go walking and mountain biking, visit local villages and the Nankhwali Mission with superb views of Lake Malawi. At night you can use the telescope to enhance your star gazing experience.
Facilities: 2 infinity pools, shaded bar, open air restaurant, decks, all perfectly located for spectacular views over the lake.
Dining: The meals are served, either inside or outside on the deck, the spacious central restaurant has a magnificent view of the lake.
Children: Family-friendly, with children of all ages welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Spend a week at 2 different locations in Malawi, a Big 5 wildlife reserve and a lovely lodge set on a hillside above Lake Malawi - your very own bush and beach combination.
Pumulani runs a tree nursery and promotes the protection of local fish species. Water is a problem in Malawi, so water-saving projects are key here too. They have also built a school for their closest village, Mbeya.