We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A perfect African ‘beach’ resort.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pumulani

We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Lake Malawi National Park
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
You added Pumulani to your Saves list
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi   |  
Hotel amenities
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A perfect African ‘beach’ resort.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2009

It isn’t until you sink into the welcoming clear waters of Lake Malawi that you realise how much superior it is to salt water. Pumulani Lodge offers spacious luxury accommodation on the lines of a safari lodge rather than a ‘resort’.
We travelled as two families with four teenage children (17 and 15) and added this onto a safari trip. Pumulani was ideal for it combined a chance to relax (if you felt so inclined) with the opportunity to do a lot – sailing / kayaking / snorkelling / diving / waterskiing / cycling / dhow trips. However, from the activities point of view the real strength lay in the fact that not only could you do all the things that you could do if you visited the Mediterranean, but you could make uncontrived visits African villages and go on exciting bird walks, thus it was not just a cop-out for the children, but a chance for them to experience different aspects of Africa before we went off on safari.
The accommodation is outstanding. Very comfortable in a perfect understated way so that you felt you had the height of luxury without being pretentious.
There is quite a mixture of people who stay there – honeymoon couples / families / older couples / small groups of friends. There really is something for everyone.
The food was quite excellent and I couldn’t recommend the lodge highly enough.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

58 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (15)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2009

Pumulani means "rest" and that is precisely what you can do best there. I went there after a safari of 9 days and was in need of some sun and cool water.

Pumulani is a beautiful lodge consisting out of 10 houses with a lake view, all designed in a highly modern fashion, but not ouf of touch with the surrounding nature. Baboons, Fish eagles and lizards can be seen on the lodge grounds, which adds to the Africa experience. The main building on top op the hill has a nice pool and is a great place to hang out at night, when you can sit under the stars at a campfire, having a G&T.

There is a lot of staff around, coming from the nearby villages, and they are very helpful and friendly. Some of them are guides who accompany guests on trips like the cycling tou to the villages, or the walking and canoeing tours. Also, there is a sailing boat called "Dhow" which is an excellent way to explore the lake.

Swimming in the lake is a joy, for it is fresh water at a very nice temperature. Snorkling can be done at several places, and a speedboat takes you there. I found it very enjoyable. So there is plenty to do, but I spent a lot of time on the sandy beach down at the lake watching Kingfishers and getting a suntan. After all, resting is the main activity here. I would love to come back one day and see more of Malawi the same time.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Perth, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2008

Pumulani is a place of luxury on the shore of lake malawi. It offers beautiful views of the lake amongst incredible surrounding bush. Each cabin is set in the hills with different views of either the bush or lake. We stayed in the honeymoon suite which was incredible in terms of space and comfort but because it was west facing did become incredibly warm so we had to make sure the curtains were closed during the day to avoid the stifling heat at night. Our hosts Mark and Jenna were flawless in their efforts to make sure we enjoyed every day and night to the fullest with fishing, snorkelling, water ski-ing and many trips to the local villages which we thoroughly enjoyed. The choice of food was perfect and we ate fantastic meals with great choice. The dow trips were amazing and i would recommend staying here for any couple wanting some time to chill out with the perfect blend of activity and relaxation. We would definitely go back.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — the heat!!!
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Pumulani? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Pumulani

Address: Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Lake Malawi National Park
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Lake Malawi National Park
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Pumulani 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“The brightest star on the Lake”Pumulani is situated on the Westside of the Nankumba Peninsula in the South end of Lake Malawi – romantically called “The Lake of Stars”. The Peninsula is recognised as one of the most beautiful shores of the Lake and borders Lake Malawi National Park (a World Heritage Site). The lodge is built on a steep hillside which provides the most spectacular views from our villas, dining and main lodge area. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Pumulani Hotel Lake Malawi National Park
Pumulani Lake Malawi National Park

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Pumulani, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.