If you read my feature on Mumbo Island you will know that there are different experiences that you can have while visiting Lake Malawi. So not only was I able to experience a private island in the middle of Lake Malawi but I was also able to enjoy some time on its shores at Pumulani Luxury Beach Lodge, not too far from Cape Maclear.
First off let me say that Pumulani Luxury Beach Lodge is stunning and is part of the Robin Pope Safaris group. The lodge is gorgeous and sits on top of a hill overlooking Lake Malawi. To reach the lake you have to take the stairs down, down, down the hill until you reach the shore. The lodge is very peaceful and offers luxury for those looking for luxury accommodation at Lake Malawi.
The décor at Pumulani Luxury Beach Lodge is beautiful, with a touch of African chic and the villas are next level luxury with a huge bedroom, outdoor showers (in the honeymoon suite), balcony that overlooks the lake, a huge bathroom with a gorgeous double shower and claw-foot tub. The front of the villa is all glass that overlooks the lake so you are never far from the view, even if you are staying in the luxury of your room.
Let me first say I was very lucky to get a villa all to myself which was a dream come true. Honestly, I could have easily stayed a few more days at Pumulani Luxury Beach Lodge lounging around the property. To get to my villa I simply followed a wooden pathway to my room through a nice woodland where a family of baboons watched me in the mornings. You just have to make sure to lock your door to your villa properly because guess what? Baboons like the tea/biscuits left out in the sitting room.
If you want to mix luxury with a bit of sport again there are plenty of water activities you can do including kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and even sailing. And my favourite part of Pumulani Luxury Beach Lodge? The amazing brai (barbeque) we had on our first night there with lots of yummy local treats including fish from the lake and maize meal. The brai was held outside on the shores of the lake and you really can’t beat a barbeque on the lake, underneath a canopy of stars can you? It’s not hard to see why David Livingstone famously named Lake Malawi “The Lake Of Stars”.
We also were treated to a sunset boat ride to look for hippos. We didn’t see any hippos but it was nice to just observe life on the shores for the locals as we cruised by. Kids were splashing in the lake, women were washing their hair and clothes and there was certainly a lot of human activity on the shoreline. The sunsets on Lake Malawi are simply stunning as well and certainly not to be missed by any means. The water is set afire by the sun and it’s such a gorgeous sight, especially by dhow boat.
During the day there are also two pools that you can swim in – one closer to the shore and an infinity pool higher up on the hill with a more bird’s eye view of the lake. No matter where you turn, the lodge views are centred around the lake so you never feel like you are missing the beautiful views.
What I loved most about this location was the chic décor, outstanding access to nature and stunning rooms. Sitting in a hot bath at night and looking out over the lake in my own villa was sheer perfection. The lodge was peaceful as well – it didn’t feel busy so there is a lot of space to unwind and the villas are spaced apart with woods in between so you do feel secluded (in a good way). I would definitely revisit Pumulani Luxury Beach Lodge if I returned to Lake Malawi and according to what the witch doctor said the first time I visited the country, I will certainly be back again.
For more information about Pumulani see HERE.