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stamp3Why photographers love Pumulani

  • Fantastic lake scenery and landscapes
  • Kayaking
  • Relaxing atmosphere

How we rate Pumulani

Natural environment  starstarstarstar
Cultural  starstarstar
Lodge and dining  starstarstarstar
Water activities  starstarstarstar

Pumulani at a glance

Pumalani features luxury accommodation on the beach:

  • 10 villas—4 twin, 4 king, 1 honeymoon and 1 family unit
  • Villas feature en suite bathrooms (bath tub, double shower and double basins), private deck, tea/coffee stations and stocked minibar fridge
  • Central lodge area with open restaurant, bar, infinity pool, and raised walkways to the villas and beach
  • Fans and air conditioners
  • 220V electricity
  • Stargazer telescope with 200x zoom

The concession

In the local Chichewa language, Pumulani means “rest well”, an apt name for this location on the southern shores of Lake Malawi within the Lake Malawi National Park, which protects aquatic habitats as well as a swath of land along the lake. On land, the park has baboons, hyrax, antelope and abundant bird life, but the real highlights are under water.  Lake Malawi’s crystal-clear and bright turquoise waters are home to an incredible diversity of cichlid fish, including a huge number of endemic species. The lake features some of the best fresh water snorkelling and diving on earth. Pumalani offers a smorgasbord of activities including swimming, snorkelling, kayaking,  relaxing on the beach or by the pool, water-skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, hiking, cycling and village tours. Scuba diving is also possible.

The seasons

Pumalani is open from April to January. The dry season from April to October also features cooler weather. Rainy season, from November to January, is hotter.

What Pumulani costs

The rates are from $350 a person a night. There are charter flights in from Mfuwe via Lilongwe.

Photographers need to know

The trip combines very well with Robin Pope Safaris camps in Zambia

The good news

The lodge is run by Robin Pope Safaris and there is a great cultural interaction experience in the village.