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About Pumulani, Lake Malawi

About Pumulani, Lake Malawi

Pumulani, meaning ‘rest well’ in the local Chichewe language, is an exclusive beach lodge, located towards the southern end of the stunning Lake Malawi. Being located within Lake Malawi National Park, the sandy beach is pretty much private, perfect for those looking for a little exclusivity.

Accommodation is individually designed by Dutch architect G Hooft, with each of the modern and spacious villas spread along the lush hillside with outstanding views to the lake. 

Lodge Details


A luxurious, intimate and modern beach lodge with stunning accommodation and even better views


Nestled among the lush hills that rise above the still waters of Lake Malawi, most guests arrive via private air charter.


Each of the 10 villas has been built with a unique design, their distinct grass roofs deflecting the sun to keep you cool and their sumptuous interiors guaranteed to keep you comfortable. Elegantly styled, villas range in size from 125 square metres to 175 square metres, and the 10 villas are made up of 4 twins, 4 King’s, 1 honeymoon chalet and a family villa that sleeps 4 – 5. All villas have a large bedroom that opens out onto private decking, sitting area with sliding doors and bathroom that comes equipped a bathtub, double shower and twin vanities.

The central lodge area has a bar and dining area with an expansive wooden decking high above the lake. There is also a stunning infinity pool, the perfect place to relax – alongside the beach that is.


Pumulani offers outstanding dining, taking full advantage of the fresh, local ingredients available. Breakfast is an extensive a la carte menu, and then lunch is kept light with a variety of meats and salads. Snacks and drinks are offered at sunset, then a delicious three course dinner. All meals and drinks are included in your stay and you can eat inside or outside.


We would recommend Pumulani for 4 to 5 days after your wildlife safari, and your stay can be as relaxing or active as you like. The lake is clear, calm and warm with no salt content, so perfect for swimming, or water-sports such as snorkelling, fishing, sailing and kayaking – these are all included in the cost of your stay. For a little extra, you can also go water-skiing, wake-boarding and take tube rides. You can also find here some of the best diving in Africa, but with the water being so clear you can see nearly as much by snorkelling, or even from a boat. There is also the option of a dhow cruise at sunset in their 40 foot wooden dhow, hand built by Malawian craftsmen.

On land there is just as much to do, including mountain biking, guided walks with the opportunity to spot Samango monkeys, bushbuck and many more species, as well as village walks. The birding here is fantastic with endemic and migrating species.

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome. Between July 15th and September, children under 7 years of age are not allowed.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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