Surrounded by 7,000 hectares of private concession, Mkulumadzi enjoys an idyllic location at the confluence of two rivers shaded by giant leadwood trees. It is the perfect combination of splendid isolation and first-class facilities. Undiscovered by tourists, Majete is a true wilderness where every trip into the bush with our team of experienced guides will feel like an adventure. Regularly viewed mammals in the park include sable, nyala, Lichtenstein hartebeest, as well as elephant, black rhino, buffalo, eland and many more.More Info Video
Already in the late '70s, the people and nature of Malawi fascinated the young Dutchman Cees Slager when he travelled to Africa for the first time. The successful tourism entrepreneur visited the Phalombe Hospital near Mulanje years later and remembered why he loved this country so much. During this time he made his first contact with Robin Pope, who at the time was looking for an investor for his growing safari company in Zambia. In order to coordinate this investment and to set up Pumulani (2008) and Mkulumadzi (2011) lodges, Cees’s daughter Margaux and her husband Ton de Rooy moved to Lilongwe in Malawi, from where they supervised and further developed the smooth takeover of Robin Pope Safaris in the following years, integrating their own activities in Malawi.
Mkulumadzi is located within Majete Wildlife Reserve in Southern Malawi. The lodge is situated in the north of the reserve, at the confluence of the Mkulumadzi and Shire rivers within a 7,000ha private concession.
The lodge is fully solar powered (with a back-up generator for those cloudy days). Acknowledging the temperatures that sour certain times of the year but keeping in line with the carbon footprint, they have environmentally friendly ‘evening breeze’ air-conditioned beds. Even the architecture of the property which has very spacious chalets, each unit has vegetated roofs for additional cooling and blending in with the environment.
Robin Pope Safaris is committed to responsible tourism. They conduct business in a manner that benefits the environment and wildlife conservation, the people who work for them, and the neighbouring communities. In this way, their tourism operations, and the presence of the guests has the capacity to protect natural wildlife areas, alleviate poverty through good employment practices and contribute positively to the local community.
In recognition of their commitment to responsible tourism, Robin Pope Safaris has won prestigious international awards including the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards Joint Overall Winner in 2011, making them the ultimate winner across all 13 award categories. Visit their website for some other projects they are involved in
The perfect combination of luxury and isolation, Mkulumadzi boasts eight superb chalets set on the banks of the Shire River, shaded by giant leadwood trees and wild mangos. Each chalet has a spacious bedroom and lounge, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower and private viewing deck where guests can sit back and marvel at the sights and sounds of the river.
The bush chalets are luxurious and spacious with contemporary furnishings, some crafted from locally-sourced materials. They are flooded with natural light, giving you the sense of being in the forest without compromising your comfort and privacy.
There is also an outdoor shower with a large rain shower where guests can enjoy the sensation of bathing under a waterfall. The shower is open to the surrounding bush with stone-clad walls for privacy.
Each chalet has a sloping vegetated roof planted with indigenous species such as succulents, aloes, shrubs and grasses. This minimises their impact on the environment and keeps them cool in the hot season.
Special interest safaris include:
Cultural village visits
Night sky - star deck
Guided walking safaris