Pumulani
Pumulani Villa View from Pumulani Villa
Pumulani Villa
View from Pumulani Villa

Pumulani

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.

Country

Malawi

Highlights

Located privately within Lake Malawi National Park on the edge of the water is the beautiful and exclusive lodge Pumulani.

The spacious villas with grass roofs blending into the environment and the various spread out communal areas ensure that you are always able to feel alone. Take in the views from the dining room whilst enjoying a perfectly prepared meal or relax down at the beach and have lunch at the beach bar listening to the water lapping up against the beach.

Pumulani offers a range of activities from the enjoyment of a good book by the infinity pool or down at the beach to racing around the water with some waterskiing or wakeboarding. When the day starts to draw to a close enjoy a sail out in the dhow for sundowners in the middle of the lake and after dark take a closer look at the magic of the night sky through our stargazer.

Each villa has fans as well as air conditioning and all the windows can be closed making it perfectly safe for young families or first time travellers to Africa.

The team is welcoming and friendly and enjoys welcoming you into their home.

Need to Know

International airlines
It’s easy to reach us out here in Malawi and continues to get better.
· Ethiopian Airlines operates daily flights into both Lilongwe and Blantyre.
· Kenya Airways operates daily flights into Lilongwe and into Blantyre certain days of the week.
· South African Airways operates direct flights from Johannesburg to Blantyre on Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Then into Lilongwe every day except Wednesday and Saturday.

Visa
All travellers must be in possession of a valid passport when entering and leaving the country.

Effective 01 October 2015, the Government of Malawi has announced introduction of new visa regulations applicable to visitors from any country which requires Malawian Citizens to acquire visas to visit their country of citizenship. These countries include but not limited to the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Schengen member states, Australia, New Zealand. Most Middle East countries will also be required to pay visa fees. A comprehensive list of countries required to pay the fee is still being compiled. Exempt from this visa fee are countries belonging to SADC and COMESA; with the exception of those countries that charge visa fees to Malawian nationals.
Transit (valid for 7 days) - US$50
Single entry (valid for 3 months) - US$75
Multiple entry (valid for 6 months) - US$150
Multiple entry (valid for 12 months) - US$250

From the 1st of June 2015 all foreigners and South Africans travelling with children under 18 to or from South Africa as well as travellers in transit will be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate (including the details of the child's father as well as the mother) of all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children. In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from South Africa with the child he or she is travelling with. When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel. Please contact us for more information.

Money
Travellers’ cheques and cash (currencies that are widely & readily accepted include the US dollar, the euro, the pound sterling and the South African Rand ) are accepted. The local currency (Malawi Kwacha) can be obtained at the airports either from the ATMs (Visa only) or Banks/Bureaux de Change. Visa credit cards are becoming more widely accepted but not in remote areas and should not be relied on except in major towns.

Insurance
Make sure that you have comprehensive medical insurance before you arrive.

Medical
All visitors should be medically insured. We recommend that visitors to Malawi take malaria prophylactics. Tetanus, polio, typhoid and the hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. Yellow fever immunisation is required only by visitors entering Malawi from a yellow fever zone. It is advisable to know your blood group type in case of emergency. Please do ask for up to date health advice in your home country.

Photography
Please be sensitive when photographing local people and their villages. Ask the guide or the villagers first. Be careful when photographing public buildings and persons in uniform - just ask first.

Meals & Drinks   The rate is inclusive of all local drinks & meals. We also offer a connoisseurs wine & spirits list at an extra cost.
 
Electricity & Water  The lodge runs off mains electricity with a backup generator. Bottled water is available throughout the lodge and in your personal fridge. Our tap water has been through a filtering system and is safe for brushing your teeth; however we recommend that you rather consume only bottled water. 
 
Payment for extras  All extras can be paid in cash (local currency, US$, Euro or British Pounds) or Visa card.
 
Tipping    Is not expected but always enthusiastically received if you are happy with the service. Please always give tips for the staff to the management to be shared out.  
 
Open Open April to 1st week of January.


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

The most picturesque part of Lake Malawi is in the south where Lake Malawi National Park is; home to hundreds of fish species, including the colourful cichlids. Inside the park the scenery is scintillating. Steep hills carpeted with trees tumble down into the deep blue water of the lake, while the shoreline is punctuated by islands, bays and large granite boulders. The clarity of the (not salty!) water and the great abundance of marine life make it ideal for snorkeling and diving, while the absence of currents ensures it is wonderful for swimming, sailing, kayaking and watersports.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

On the water
· Our 40ft traditional, hand crafted dhow is a slow and relaxing way to enjoy the tranquillity of Lake Malawi. Whether it be on a early morning breakfast cruise or a magical sunset cruise.
· Our 2 speedboats can whisk you around the lake with various water activities such as water-skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. Or an exhilarating drive to secluded spots where you can jump out the boat and snorkel or dive taking in the clouds of tropical fish that inhabit the water.
· For the more experienced sailors we have two dhingys which are great fun to nip around the lake in.

Land excursions
· Take a guided walk from the lodge up into the hills enjoying the views and beauty as well as the wonderful birdlife. Coming down from the hills to the lake shore a kayak will meet you there for a gentle paddle back.
· Cycle down the hill from the lodge through the village and around the point where the kayaks will meet you for your paddle back.

Beach
· Enjoy the peace and quiet and relax under the shade of a parasol or tree on the beach with a good book.

Village Tours
· Take a guided walk through the village seeing and having the local traditions and rituals explained.

After Dark
· Revel in the joys of the night sky with our incredible star gazer, it will revolutionise the way you look at the stars.

FacilitiesFacilities

En-suite bathrooms with double basins and showers. Each has a bath tub as well. The honeymoon villa has a unique outdoor shower.   Each villa has tea/coffee making facilities as well as a stocked minibar fridge.
The central area consists of a spacious open restaurant with an undercover area, bar and a cosy fire area. An 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 where you will find another swimming pool right on the shore.

AccommodationAccommodation

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.

SeasonSeason

January - March is the peak rainy season.

April and May are dry with occasional storms, but the skies are clear and it's warm.

June - August is our winter, there are occasional strong winds, and the nights are cool and the days warm.
In September the temperatures rise and the air becomes hazy.

October and November are hot and often humid.

In December the temperatures are still high but can be cooled down by early rains.
The beginning of the rains can also bring a deluge of flying ants and other insects (sometimes in pretty big proportions, but normally lasting a few hours). With the insects come the cooler temperatures but also the humidity.

Average StayAverage Stay

4 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

International average rate:
$407 per person per night
Includes: full board, laundry, bar (except for premium wines), transfers to/from Monkey Bay, meet & greet at Lilongwe Airport, all non motorized water sport activities (these include fishing, sailing, nature/village walks, sunset cruises on the dhow, kayaking). 4+ nights stay includes one snorkelling excursion.
Excludes: visas, airport taxes, flights, scuba diving, and motorized water sports (snorkelling excursion, waterskiing, fun tube).

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children’s Policy
Children of all ages are welcome at Pumulani.

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