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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 with their grass roofs to help reflect the heat 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 white 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.
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Lilongwe Intl Airport76 mi
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All reviews robin pope lake malawi sunset cruise infinity pool overlooking the lake made us feel first class the managers post safari living room private beach fish rooms are huge water sports an amazing place rock hyraxes my favorite
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had two nights in our own house with a wonderful view over the lake. The staff was amazing and the boat trip with sundowners in the evening was awesome. The bed was perfect with a nice clean mosquito net. Garth and Rose were so...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank baronesse N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is amazing! My 6 year old daughter and I visited for 3 nights at this stunning lodge in the Lake Malawi National Park. Our simple but spacious and beautifully appointed villa blended well into the nature. Young baboons wrestled on the roof and...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Tamara S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I just shared a blissful 4 nights at the Robin Pope Safaris-operated Pumulani Lodge on Lake Malawi. The hosts, Roseanne and Garth, were totally welcoming and fun to talk to , and the staff was as nice as can be. We enjoyed...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank xmike5000
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful location overlooking Lake Malawi. Hosts Roseanne and Garth are very welcoming, friendly, and helpful. The villas are gigantic with bedrooms that are air conditioned and very quiet for a restful sleep. Views from our villa (#6) were spectacular. Bathroom very spacious with a great...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank Foot_Loose
Response from Steph F, Marketing at PumulaniResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Foot_Loose Delighted to hear you enjoyed Pumulani and were happy with everything from the accommodation to the food and activities. Thank you so much for the suggestion of the shade which i will put forward to management. I will pass on your feedback to...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018

I stayed here for four nights at the end of a recent trip to Malawi. Location: I’m a city boy and the location of this facility is very remote, but beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Malawi. Reception: I transferred here by land from...More

Date of stay: September 2018
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Response from Steph F, Marketing at PumulaniResponded 22 October 2018

Dear Mark I am thrilled to hear that you had such a great time at Pumulani and thank you for taking the time to post a review about your stay! Apologies about the noisy air conditioner. In the hotter months the air con units do...More

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11 September 2018|
Response from Candis M |
Look up Robin pope safaris
1 February 2017|
Response from Annepaull | Reviewed this property |
No September. No flying ants. Water warm. Especially in the bath with a view of the lake.
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"All of the rooms appear to have beautiful views of Lake Malawi."
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"The villas with the best views are highest up the hillside with a longish steep walk down to the beach."
22 Sep 2018
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"Best views, wonderful management and staff, delightful meals, rooms are extremely private"
22 Aug 2018
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"All rooms are separate, private bungalow style homes along an outdoor rustic winding walkway."
22 Jun 2018
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