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Kumbali Country Lodge
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Lilongwe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is the most wonderful place, with pretty thatched buildings in a large and beautiful garden, that offers great comfort and delicious food.
The rooms are large and airy, with lovely bathrooms and large balconies looking over the garden to the farm and countryside beyond.
The food includes home grown vegetables and home made yoghurt from the dairy on the farm, as well as some of the best puddings anywhere. All the staff were friendly and welcoming, it truly felt like home from home. We will be back!

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely!
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

This was my first travel in the country and I was a little bit anxious for the lodging and so on. (I am coming from France).
I spent one full week in Kumbali Lodge and the result is above my expectations.
The place is very nice with a well maintained garden
I took daily dinners at the restaurant, food quality is very high, especially a large variety of fresh vegetables grown close to the lodge.
Room was very nice and perfectly cleaned every day. I never got any water issue nor power supply problem. Excellent bed.
You can also ask for lunch bag, you will get a refrigerated bag with the stuff well protected.
Laundry was also possible and taken care.
A special thanks to the lodge driver who drove me and picked me up to my job twice a day, always on time and really smart.
All the satff is nice, professional and reliable and very friendly.
This is a fammily lodge, after one day, they all called me by my first name

I would strongly recommend this lodge

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed here for one night en route from Zambia to Northern Malawi and it was an excellent place to relax and re-charge our batteries.
It's a real oasis of permanently irrigated lush lawns, well-appointed and comfortable rooms in a city location, but without any of the city 'hustle and bustle', in fact it's actually in Kumbali village not Lilongwe.
The restaurant and food was first class and we were first introduced to the 'MGT' (Malawian G&T) which became our Malawian drink of choice.
The management team of newly engaged couple Adrian and Amy were brilliant hosts - spending plenty of time with guests to ensure everyone was enjoying their stay.
It also has a swimming pool, which looks quite new and was a lovely refreshing treat after our long, dusty drive.
Kumbali is known for attracting celebrity guests - there's a reason for that - check it out for yourself!

Room Tip: They're all wonderful!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Not only are the staff super friendly and efficient, but they take everything personally. For example, I wasn't feeling well one night, and they reviewed and examined all possible causes, apologizing profusely! The rooms are generous (the sheets are high quality silky cotton), the food is awesome, and even the mooing of the cows is part of the ambience. The staff have gone way out of their way to support our working conditions at the lodge. Highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

I referred my friends into Kumbali Lodge knowing that they would be taken care of after a long and tiring trip from the UK and a great place to spend their first night in Lilongwe at the beginning of a 3 week tour of this magical country. Our hosts were incredibly friendly, helpful and hospitable and couldn't do enough for us, catering for our every need. Kumbali Lodge is close enough to the city for easy access to the markets, shops and banks yet far enough out of the CBD to feel like you're really in the countryside. The chalets are large, spacious and comfortable units to add to ones sense of luxury in a safari style venue.......the new pool was an added bonus and is HUGE!

Room Tip: Room 8 is a great room at the end of the wing near to the car park for an early start.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I stayed at the lodge for a few nights whilst working on a project nearby, and found it a great place to relax after a long day's work. The staff are fantastic - very welcoming and willing to go the extra mile to make sure your stay is perfect. The grounds are beautiful, and the pool was an added bonus. My room was lovely and kept spotlessly clean. We also stayed a few nights in the cultural village, which is a lot more basic but a very authentic and fun experience. Overall we had an amazing time at Kumbali and I would love to come back, totally recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

I love staying at Kumbali Lodge. I come here with work and it is wonderful. The building, rooms, and grounds are so beautiful and the staff are lovely. Guy and Maureen are most welcoming to all of their guests. It's a wonderful retreat and the recent addition of a swimming pools makes it extra special. I shall return for sure.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Kumbali Country Lodge

Address: Presidential Way | Capital Hill Dairy Farm, Plot 9 & 11, Area 44, Lilongwe, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Central Region > Lilongwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Lilongwe
Price Range: $159 - $223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kumbali Country Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Accommodation (14 executive and 2 deluxe rooms) Cuisine (restaurant, private and fine dining) Conference Centre (2 rooms) Wireless internet access (2 separate providers to ensure maximum availability) Fully stocked bar Comfortable outdoor seating with garden views and private upstairs lounge Lilongwe Airport transfers Transport to/from Lilongwe city centre Printing and photocopying Packed lunches (cool box available) Laundry facilities (7 days a week) Dry cleaning available on request Reliable electricity supply (generator power back up…just in case!) Torches and umbrellas in all rooms Swimming Pool ... more   less 
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