The ten villas at Pumulani are very spacious and stylish without being glitzy. Built on different levels along the hillside, some are higher up, closer to the main area, and others are nearer the beach. All have turfed roofs, so that they blend into the hillside.
In addition to four twin-bedded (or double) villas, and four with a king-size bed, there is a honeymoon villa with an outside shower; and a family villa which can sleep four people in comfort (or five if there are small children).
Each of the villas has a large, air-conditioned bedroom with capacious mosquito nets surrounding the beds, a ceiling fan overhead, and – behind a solid wood headboard (with reading lights) – an area for storing luggage. A dressing table, with mirror above, has a hairdryer and plug points.
The en-suite bathroom boasts a free-standing bath, double basins, double showers and a flush toilet. Dressing gowns and toiletries are provided.
A separate lounge features comfortable cane chairs and a sofa, while on a low table is a selection of bird and nature books and magazines. Each villa has a minibar with soft drinks and water, with other drinks stocked on request. Sliding doors lead out onto a wooden deck where two canvas directors’ chairs and a sun umbrella afford a great spot to enjoy the views over the lake.
Pumulani’s has a central bar and dining area set high above the lake, with great west-facing views from an expansive deck – perfect for enjoying one of those amazing African sunsets. Individual dining tables are laid out both inside and under cream-coloured umbrellas.
Down a few wooden steps, to a lower deck, is Pumulani’s large infinity pool, surrounded by comfortable sunloungers and striped sun umbrellas.
More steps and wooden walkways lead down to a lovely quiet beach, complete with sunloungers and umbrellas, and a hammock strung between the trees. A beach bar offers drinks and light snacks during the day. In November 2013, a floating platform was built just off the beach: a lovely spot to swim out to and sunbathe – and a popular spot for the pied kingfishers, too!
Most people come to Pumulani to relax, although some come for the activities – which include snorkelling, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding, fishing, tubing and scuba diving – and the bird watching is good here, too. For some of these activities, Pumulani has its own, traditionally-built 12m wooden dhow, which is also used for sunset cruises. Experienced sailors may use the lodge’s two sailing boats, though you are requested to remain in sight of the lodge for safety reasons. Back on land, Pumulani also has a state-of-the-art telescope which the manager can use to explain the stars.
Guided walks are possible along the lake shore to visit nearby villages, and mountain bikes are available to explore the surrounding area. We took an early morning guided walk along the hillside above the lake shore to a small cove, where kayaks had been left for us to paddle back to the lodge in time for a hearty breakfast. Out on the hillside, rock hyrax, vervet monkeys, whilst spotted-necked otters frequent the lakeshore.
The rates at Pumulani include all non-motorised activities (eg: snorkelling, fishing, sailing, mountain biking, nature and village walks, sunset cruises and kayaking). Motorised watersports, however, such as waterskiing, wakeboarding and scuba diving (from a boat), cost extra, and can be paid for locally.
Located privately within Lake Malawi National Park on the edge of the water is the beautiful and exclusive lodge Pumulani.
The team is welcoming and friendly, and will pamper you during your stay, but in a discreet manner!
Guests can relax on the white sandy beach or enjoy an elevated view of the lake from the stylish infinity pool. 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.
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