Pumulani, Lake Malawi: The Lowdown

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There are two things you notice when you first get to Pumulani- the views and the bedrooms. Rooms are vast villas (we’ve lived in 2 bedroom flats that are smaller) and the views, well, they’re distinctly breath-taking, stretching for miles out over Lake Malawi. We’re pretty fussy about where we pick to have our sundowners, but Pumulani has a pretty top billing.

What’s Pumulani really like?

The ten vast villas each have a private sitting room, a bathroom with a lovely old fashioned tub, and a bedroom with huge windows looking out towards Lake Malawi. When we visited we slept with our curtains open to make the most of the dawn light over the lake. Views from the main lodge are equally lovely, with an open air restaurant, an undercover bar for when the breezes blow off the lake, and a large infinity pool on the deck below.
There is one downside to Pumulani. With the glorious views come some fairly steep slopes, and with slopes come steps, lots of them. The walk down to the Lake’s perfectly manageable though (there was a golf buggy though if you found it too much of a hike) and the beach bar down there means that you don’t have to move too much once you’ve made your nest for the day.

What can I do at Pumulani?

Floating a little way offshore, Pumulani’s traditional dhow is just lovely, there are a couple of dinghies and if you want something a little more fast-paced there’s water-skiing, wake-boarding and tubing. Colourful fish make for lovely snorkelling, and there’s also lovely kayaking on the lake. Back on shore there’s some lovely cycling, and visits to the nearby villages. Finally- not for nothing is Lake Malawi known as the Lake of Stars- stargazing here is just magnificent.

Giving back at Pumulani:

Pumulani’s owners were forerunners of responsible tourism in Zambia, and have continued in the same vein in Malawi. If you look carefully, you’ll see the solar panels and living grass roofs at Pumulani, as well as the glass and steel bottles in your room, reducing the plastic waste. What you might not notice is the recycling that goes on behind the scenes, the fact that fish, rice are bought from local producers. If you want to do your bit, Pumulani works with Pack for a Purpose to help guests bring donations that will most help the local community.

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