On the southern end of Lake Malawi, you will find Pumulani subtly nestled in the lush hills amongst the trees and craggy outcrops. The ten villas 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 sandy beach or enjoy an elevated view of the lake from the stylish infinity pool.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.
Pumulani – “The brightest star on the Lake” is situated on the Westside of the Nankumba Peninsula in the South end of Lake Malawi. The Nankumba Peninsula is recognised as one of the most beautiful shores of the Lake and borders Lake Malawi, National Park.
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 name Pumulani means “rest well” in the local Chichewa language, and that’s exactly what they offer – the chance to unwind in a beautiful and tranquil setting. Each of the ten villas was designed 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 by 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 dining area with an undercover lounge, bar and a cosy fire area. One of our infinity swimming pools 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 and our second infinity swimming pool.
Special interest activities are:
Sunset cruises on a hand-built dhow
Activities available are:
Motorised (additional charges) and non-motorised watersport activities ( water skiing, kayaking, sailing, snorkelling)