With friendly personal service and stunning views over Lake Malawi, Pumulani is the perfect African beach lodge. Pumulani means “rest well” in the local Chichewa language, and that’s exactly what’s on offer here – the chance to unwind in a beautiful and tranquil setting. Accommodation consists of ten villas: four twin, four king, one honeymoon and one family villa. Each of the villas has a large bedroom, which opens out onto a private deck where early risers can enjoy the morning’s first rays. The bathroom also offers spectacular views and comes equipped with a bathtub, double shower and double washbasins. There is a spacious lounge area, which offers further comfort for those wishing to relax in the villa.

There is an infinity swimming pool on the lower terraced deck. Three raised walkways with steps lead off from the central area to the villas, and down to the beach and a second infinity swimming pool. Guests can relax on the sandy beach or enjoy an elevated view of the lake from the pool area. Activities include waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, walks in the hills, sunset cruises on a hand-built dhow, snorkelling and diving. Underwater activities reveal a remarkable diversity of fish, especially considering Lake Malawi is home to more native fish species than any other lake in the world.

Why we like it here

Guests will be warmly welcomed by local children waving and smiling as your aircraft comes to land.

The lodge overlooks the beautiful Lake Malawi or “lake of stars” – a World Heritage Site.

Pumulani is the only lodge located in Lake Malawi National Park with its fascinating birdlife.

The lake is a great place for adrenalin junkies and water enthusiasts.

Enjoy stargazing into the exceptional night skies.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast while sailing on a traditional dhow.

Things to be aware of

The lodge has a lot of stairs and is not suitable for people with mobility issues or wheelchairs.

There is no Wi-Fi, but there is telephone reception.

Bottled water is available throughout the lodge and in your personal fridge. Tap water has been put through a filtering system and is safe for brushing your teeth; however we recommend that you consume only bottled water.

The lodge is only open from April to the first week of January.

Where we are situated