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Pumulani

Certificate of Excellence
Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Pumulani
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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The lodge is a three and a half hour drive or so from Lilongwe airport. My villa (number 1) was massive. A sink, fridge with water, beer and soft drinks, kettle, tea and coffee in the entrance area, large sitting room with sofa, chairs, a lake view verandah, large bathroom, double headed shower, lion footed bath with lake views, bedroom... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Beautiful location, great food, friendly and helpful staff, lovely breakfast dhow, though be careful with room choice as not all have lake view and the quality/size of rooms varies significantly. Would recommend going before rainy season kicks in.

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Lusaka, Zambia
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Thank you to Konrad, Ivy, Guy and the Pumulani team for making our holiday so special. Everything was perfect from arrival to Tdeparture. It's an amazing place with unique chalets, a great beach and an outstanding service. Also special thanks to Nikolas for teaching us Bao and to Loyce for the great art work and dedication to the childrens' orphanage.... More 

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South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Our honeymoon was kicked off with a 4 night stay at Pumulani lodge. This was an amazing introduction to Malawi and we managed to relax and enjoy the magnificent views from the lodge We went snorkelling and did a dhow sundowner trip. It was truly beautiful and we really will cherish this experience forever It was very hot at this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Heaven on earth, and exceptional service. Had the best swim of our lives at Otters point on the snorkeling trip. Staff very helpful and professional. Food was fantastic. Accomodation is spectacular. This is a place you can really unwind. In my view arguably the best place to stay in Lake Malawi National Park. Recommend staying at least 3 nights to... More 

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Lilongwe, Lilongwe, Malawi
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

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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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

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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44 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 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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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 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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