Reviews of Pumulani
Wildlife sightings and reviews
27 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Pumulani and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
+ sundowner on the boat
+ fish eagle feeding (a suprise)
+ snorkeling was beautiful
+ hike up the mountain was lovely
+ nice pool areas
+ star gazing with Godfrey was brilliant
+ Jen offering new mocktails and cocktails was a treat
+ Jen was very forthcoming in that we could change our villa
- the villas were stunning but - when we were there - way too hot. Only the bedroom had air conditioning, the other rooms were so hot we couldn't spend time in them
- depending on the villas there was little space to store items/cloths
- the board walk needs attention" See all these reviews: 11n in Malawi; 5n in Zambia
Food was generally very good though the chef seemed to like adding olives to a lot of dishes! The only disappointment was one starter which we left as it was an olive brushetta rather than tomatoes we were expecting. This was a shame as on that particular evening a table had been set aside with candles etc for us for a romantic meal.
I think it would be an improvement to have a choice of 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts rather than just a choice of main course.
We could relax and enjoy the facilities including kayaking and learning how to paddle board and especially enjoyed the snorkelling trip to to see the cichlid fish. Altogether a wonderful four days." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia; 5n in Malawi
The lodge management were incredible and made our stay very special.
The staff were excellent." See all these reviews: 8n in Malawi
As lovely as the private villas are, we feel they are very overdue a bit of a facelift, the accommodation is looking tired, sliding doors were virtually impossible to open, bathroom door very difficult to close." See all these reviews: 7n in Zambia; 3n in Malawi
"Pumulani -- The Next Best Thing to Paradise "
The villa was comprised of a long entryway leading to a kitchen area (complete with well-stocked fridge) and then to a huge and amply furnished living room. A comfortable writing desk was one of my favorite features in the bedroom, but the absolute best one was the air-conditioning provided there. (Late November can be very hot in Malawi, and the AC was a much appreciated surprise.) The bathroom had all the expected trimmings plus the lake views. And doors from both the living room and the bedroom opened onto enormous balconies.
Most of the time I stayed at Pumulani I was the only guest in residence. I could wander the property at leisure, swim in the two beautiful pools, descend the 140+ stairs leading to the beach and even have lunch there. All of the meals prepared at the lodge were exceptional, but they tasted even better at the beach.
With Ganizan and Black, both of whom are expert guides, I had the opportunity to explore the colorful shoreline by boat on four separate occasions, each time discovering something new and interesting about the lives of the fishermen who live and work in the area. Feeding and photographing the Fish Eagles close up further enhanced my Lake Malawi experience, as did a birding walk around the Pumulani grounds.
I was told that in the Chichewa language Pumulani means "rest well," and I can’t imagine a more appropriate name for this enchanting establishment." See all these reviews: 11n in Zimbabwe; 10n in Zambia; 7n in Malawi
The snorkling gear and the bikes were in very poor condition (already rated in the lodge). Top bikes and focus on mountain biking could improve the location.
Swimming in the lake was somewhat disappointing. I expected crystal clear water, but it was murky at the beach.
Manager made everything possible.
I think it is over the top." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia; 4n in Malawi
Dinghy sailing and kayaking were fun and we especially enjoyed the evening cruises on the dhow for sundowners. There was no wind so we used the engine rather than sails but it was switched off as the sun set so we could enjoy the peace of the lake over a G&T, drifting quietly as we watched hippos and the local fishermen.
The rooms are set on a hillside and lunch is often served on the beach - which could be an issue for the less mobile - but a recently acquired buggy will help here." See all these reviews: 9n in Malawi; 4n in Zambia; 3n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
"Fantastic rooms and food"
Highlight was visiting Loyce's orphanage and meeting her 22 children. She also works at Pumulani.
The rooms were huge and the views spectacular. Highly recommend for an end of a trip stay." See all these reviews: 6n in Malawi; 5n in Botswana; 5n in Zambia
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