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Pumulani overview

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 a dining room, bar and a large deck with views over the lake. There is a horizon swimming pool on a lower terraced deck.

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. There are also shady gardens for those wanting to escape the sun! There are plenty of activities available, both water and land-based, or you can simply take life easily by the lake shore or infinity pool. 

Photographs courtesy Robin Pope Safaris


​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.

​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 en-suite bathrooms with a shower and bath. The honeymoon villa has an outdoor shower. They also have tea and coffee makers and minibars.

​Activities: Sailing, kayaking, fishing, snorkellingand taking a cruise aboard the lodge's dhow, Nkhwanzi. 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: Infinity pool, bar, deck 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: Families are welcome.


Health: This is a malarial area.

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