Reviews of Pumulani
Wildlife sightings and reviews
24 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
The village visit was a memorable experience, being a real village, not one set up for tourists and the dhow trip was lovely, even with extreme winds!
The accommodation in the spacious and well equipped bungalows was outstanding" See all these reviews: 5n in Zambia; 4n in Malawi
"Pumulani - luxury in a stunning location"
What makes Pumulani so special is the views & the staff. There are views over the lake to 3 nearby villages where there is always lots of activity. We saw fishermen on the lake in their dugout canoes & heard them singing as they worked. This created a wonderful atmosphere.
The staff at Pumulani are mostly from the nearby villages. Unlike the camps in Zambia, we felt that we were really able to get to know many of them. We were keen to learn about their lives and they were keen to hear about life in the UK. Malawi is a desperately poor country and it was good to see what Robin Pope are doing to help just a little.
The activities offered at Pumulani are good, we particularly enjoyed swimming in the lake, the sunset cruise on the dhow and the early morning nature walk. We did have one and half overcast & windy days during our stay & this did limit our activities. The camp was no more than a third occupied during our stay & one evening we were the only couple there. The atmosphere would have been better with more guests.
Luke & Betty were excellent hosts, nothing was too much trouble for them. Our only criticism would be the food. We did enjoy the local dishes on the menu & the lake caught fish. However, we found that there was too much food on the ready plated meals & it was quite heavy food with not enough fruit & vegetables. It is embarassing to leave food in a country as poor as Malawi but we had no option but to do this.
Pumulani was a great place to relax & unwind after 9 nights on safari & we did thoroughly enjoy it.
" See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia; 4n in Malawi
"Pumulani was a revelation"
The location of the lodge on the hill overlooking the Lake was inspiring and our suites were enormous with every mod con imaginable. The views and sunsets from our personal and very private decks were stunning and very photogenic.
Our hosts Mark and Jenna were delightful and really made us feel like their personal housguests. It was quite a novelty to have choices for our meals after the safari camps and once again the food was splendid.
I particulalry enjoyed the abundant birdlife at Pumulani, including a pair of fish eagles and numerous pied kingfisher. Whils out on the lake we also came across a family of Cape clawless otters feeding which was very exciting - although I suspect Mark was even more thrilled than we were as this was the first time he had seen these otters in the lake.
We would thoroughly recommend staying at Pumulani at the end of your Zambian safari - it really is the perfect place to relax and get the dust out of your system before coming home." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia; 6n in Malawi
"A stunning location on Lake Malawi"
As well as lazy days on the beach, or slightly more energetic activities such as hiking along the coast path and kyaking back, we also really enjoyed a guided walk through the neighbouring fishing village and a bike ride through the local countryside.
We expected high standards, having enjoyed stays at Robin Pope establishments before. Again, we were not disappointed. Simon and Zelda and the team ensured that we did not want for anything. They were very attentive and above all, so very friendly. (In fact Simon and Zelda were relief managers, but you would not have known, as they had obviously been very well briefed , and they really cared about maintaining the high standards which Pumulani has set itself.)
The villas are very well appointed, and we were fortunate enough to have 180 degree views of the lake from the balcony.
It was hard to drag ourselves away from Pumulan when it was time to go home, and that feeling of being well relaxed, with batteries fully recharged, should last us for a long time to come.
One little criticism might be the cooking. Everything was well cooked and tasty, but not very imaginative in terms of menus and recipes. As such, it didn't exactly live up to what we expected from the advertising literature. But, we hadn't chosen to come to Pumulani for a fine dining experience, so overall, we were not disappointed." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia; 8n in Malawi
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