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Kumbali Country Lodge
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Ely
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64 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“All you could ask for!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

I've stayed here several times, now, and can't fault it: this family-run Lodge in its beautiful setting, distant enough from the hubbub of the capital to let you feel like you're in the real Africa, has all the luxuries, attention to detail, high standards to pamper you. The varied amenities on offer close by mean you don't even need to leave the grounds for entertainment or experiences! A true gem!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Caroline H
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Oakland, California
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36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

This place is unique, and it's best feature is definitely its amazing food. Some of the best food I've had in the region. They make their own (absolutely delicious!) yogurt and cheese at the attached dairy farm (which surprisingly doesn't smell). Excellent service. The lodge is cozy with a nook and cranny (and good internet) for everyone. The rooms (inc. bathroom and balcony) are gorgeous. Downsides are: this place is set quite far off the path (so, not as convenient if you have meetings during the day, for example, but excellent for a weekend getaway). It's really expensive and--I think--a bit overpriced. Also, because lodges are split into two units, you can hear a lot of noise (like the TV) in the unit next to you. This is a bit aggravating if you are looking for peace and quiet.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stone S
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Cape Town
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

We urgenlty needed to travel to Malawi on business and our stay turned into a delightful mini-break as a result of staying at Kumbali, where the renound "warm heart of Africa" hospitality is at the centre of this lodge.
We last stayed at Kumbali ten years ago, when the lodge was first built. It has grown into itself and the gardens are now very established with huge indeginous and exotic trees set amongst the extensive rolling lawns. Our room was enormous and positioned in such a way that we felt we were the only people staying at the lodge. We watched the sunrise from the comfort of our bed and the only interruption was the sweet sound of birdsong.
Breakfast was a treat and the yogurt produced in the Kumbali dairy is divine. Jess's Malawi-grown coffee is an experience in itself and there was no better way to start the day than savoring it from the verandah, whilst overlooking the swimming pool with only the forest and distant mountains as the view, all the way to the horizon.
Service was exceptional, to the extent that my laundry was done, just because I'd left my clothes on the floor. Our urgent business was conculded very serenely and we returned to Cape Town truly refreshed and with an exceptionally full and happy heart. I would not hesitate to recommend Kumbali - it turned it business into pleasure!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stormed D
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Vancouver, Canada
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329 reviews
260 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

We stayed here two different nights on two on two different occasions as we arrived and left out of Lilongwi. The place is very nice. The rooms are large, clean and comfortable. We ate dinner there 1 night and the food was very good. The place is an interesting concept as it is a working farm as well as a lodge. My only complaint was the slowness of the Wi-Fi but that is nothing to do with the hotel but rather the local service. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CDNTRAVELLERS2
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

Situated away from the city, this is an oasis of calm and efficiency. If you've been on the road for some days, this is the perfect place to relax. Staff are friendly. Breakfast is good. Bar prices reasonable. Value for money? 4/5

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank matabele201
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

Kumbali Country Lodge has unique surroundings of bush and wilderness. The lodge has what you need with a wonderful staff to guide and help you. Food is excellent with a good service. Nice and comfortable bar and the precious view from the terrace for a afternoon coffee.
Though we are living in Lilongwe, we still visit now and then since it's also very close to town, simply a nice get-away.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mario Koenig N
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Pretoria, South Africa
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33 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

Stayed for a week for a work meeting. It's abut out if town but quiet lovely spot. Rooms a little dark but I guess usually when sun shining that would be welcome. Staff were outstanding and very attentive. Nice pool, safe simple foot and not too much. Only thing missing for me was a gym as staying in work meetings all week plus overrating needs that. Madonna brings her own I believe

Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Kumbali Country Lodge

Property: Kumbali Country Lodge
Address: Presidential Way | Capital Hill Dairy Farm, Plot 9 & 11, Area 44, Lilongwe, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Central Region > Lilongwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 46 Speciality Lodging in Lilongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kumbali Country Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Accommodation (14 executive and 2 deluxe rooms) Cuisine (restaurant, private and fine dining) Conference Centre (2 rooms) Wireless internet access (2 separate providers to ensure maximum availability) Fully stocked bar Comfortable outdoor seating with garden views and private upstairs lounge Lilongwe Airport transfers Transport to/from Lilongwe city centre Printing and photocopying Packed lunches (cool box available) Laundry facilities (7 days a week) Dry cleaning available on request Reliable electricity supply (generator power back up…just in case!) Torches and umbrellas in all rooms Swimming Pool ... more   less 
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