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4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Lilongwe, Lilongwe, Malawi
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pumalani as resort is magnficent it has picturesque views and a relaxing atmosphere. However the management of the resort leaves alot to be desired the individuals we met with were very rude to us and showed very little flexibility in meeting our needs (i.e. dietary requirements). The food was terrible with extremely small portions, lacked freshness. I found the rooms... More 

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39 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved Pumulani lodge. The rooms/ villas are huge. The bathroom alone bigger than many appartments in the West. The views of the lake are wonderful. And at night the only noise you hear is birds and the baboons playing nearby. Food is not their strong point but it was fine - just nothing to write home about. The staff... More 

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Augsburg, Germany
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place had been recommended by the Lonely Planet travelguide, that's why we drove by, on our long distance travel Europe - South Africa. As to read, we've not been the first ones, that tried to visit this place by showing up. But, other like Mark, here in the review we got no access. Here is, how it went, written... More 

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RPS_MW, Owner at Pumulani, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are really sorry that you feel this way and that you didn’t stay with us. Since Pumulani is situated within the Lake Malawi National Park, we have made an agreement with the Malawi Government which allows pre-booked guests access to the National Park only. This is also indicated on the signage that you encountered:... More 

Tokyo
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The place is the private reserve, so there are no local venders to annoy us. I spent a night at Pumulani with our friend as the escape from busy and tired working days. Right after stepping into the place, there was so much hospitality. Every staff was friendly and very helpful. Sunset cruise and astronomical observation were my favorite of... More 

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Neumunster, Germany
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101 reviews 101 reviews
26 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This was our third visit to Pumulani after almost 5 years and we were impressed how the accommodation has not aged in all. Clearly the maintenance and upkeep of the Villas have been a priority. We were also very impressed with one of the waitresses who actually remembered us from our previous two visits. Pumulani is not your average safari... More 

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Tel-Aviv, Israel
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Spent 2 nights here as a fine ending for our Zambia-Malawi tour; the place delivered just what we'd expected: a nice pool to relax in and soak up some sun; good food; a beautifully enticing room with an amazing bathroom and 2 balconies with vistas over the huge lake Malawi (actually, an inland sea); a chance to look up at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a weekend spent at PUMULANI, from a warm welcome to good bye, extremely frendly staff, from the manager to chef every one takes personal care of you, chef knows what he is doing, his starters, main course and desserts are all on point, our villa beyond expectation i have never seen such in Malawi before, sunset cruise, nature walk... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Pumulani came highly touted, and while the setting and architecture of the units are spectacular, service and condition left a lot to be desired. There is a tiredness to the place...a cushion on a chaise by the pool was ripped and stuffing was coming out; the toilet seat in our unit was disconnected from the toilet. The place advertises a... More 

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RPS_MW, Owner at Pumulani, responded to this review

Hello Micheal, Thank you for your feedback, we always appreciate people taking the time to write feedback. We are sorry that you did not enjoy the lodge. The toilet seat was indeed broken. This was reported by housekeeping (metal hinge had snapped) on the day of your departure and fixed the same day. I of course do not know when... More 

Venice, Italy
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stayed here for a couple nights... What a fantastic retreat. Staff were excellent, food was fantastic. The suite was exceptional... just an overall wonderful experience... The only issue we had was the mosquitos, we were eaten alive in the time we went, even with repellant, but thats just the area, and nothing to do with Pumulani. It is quite... More 

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Just back from a 6 week tour of East Africa and on reflection Pumalani was one of our favourite places. Watched the sun set from the huge roll-top bath, a treat after a few weeks of safari showers! Beautiful views of the lake and huge room nicely furnished and extremely comfortable. Rob and Mona (lodge managers) are excellent hosts and... More 

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Address: Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Pumulani 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Pumulani Hotel Lake Malawi National Park
Pumulani Lake Malawi National Park

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