Pumulani Lodge Lake Malawi
Pumulani is a delightful lodge hidden away on the lakeshore at Nankumba Peninsula which is at the southern end of Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is romantically called “The Lake of Stars” and in 1984 the lake and its shoreline were designated as the Lake Malawi National Park and made a World Heritage Site.
The lodge is built on a steep hillside which provides the most spectacular views from the 10 villas and the dining decking which stands at the top of the rise, above the villas (perfect spot at sunset!).
There’s an infinity swimming pool just below the dining deck and a M. C. Escher-esque series of stairways leads down the hillside to the various villas – each with a grassed-over roof. They are discretely positioned so that you feel you’re the only one gazing at the simply stunning lake view. And the villas are HUGE! You almost need a porter to get from the bedroom to the bathroom! I joke (of course) but these villas must be the most spacious accommodation you are ever likely to come across.
Down below the villas is the private beach and lakeshore bar, which is open all day and serves the wonderful Malawi “Carlsberg green” and the equally good Malawi gin (which I recently discovered after so many years as a fan, isn’t actually gin: it’s made from sugar cane flavoured with juniper berries, rather than the traditional London method! Hey-ho, it’s still great!)
Activities include snorkelling, kayaking, water skiing, fun tube, wake boarding, sailing, fishing and scuba diving. Birdwatchers will be in paradise – there is an abundance of birds around the lake shore beach and gardens as well as the hillside woodland. This property is ideal for “after safari R&R” it’s totally relaxing but with plenty to do that complements the active bustling of a safari. For example Majete is near-by. And even nearer is Liwonde NP and its amazing opportunity to trak black rhino, float along the Shire river to see the elephants and enjoy the wonderful Mvuu lodge. And for ultimate romance you’ve just have to check-out Nkwichi in Mozambique.
The ten villas consist of:
– 4 twin bedded villas
– 4 king size bedded villas including 1 honeymoon villa
– 1 family villa which sleeps 4 (or 5 with smaller children)
Children are most welcome at Pumulani but during the high season months the age limit is 7 years.
January, February, March are the peak rainy months and Pumulani is closed.
April and May are mostly dry months with only the odd storm. These are great months to visit the lake – nice temperatures, clear skies and hardly any wind.
June, July and August – our winter months with occasional strong winds. Pumulani is mostly shielded from these winds however. The nights are cool and day temperatures are very pleasant.
September and the temperatures start to rise, the lake is calm and the air becomes hazy.
October and November are the hot and often humid months. The lake is calm, excellent for watersports and very cooling.
December temps are still high, but the rains begin which cool everything down a bit.