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.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Pumulani

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Lake Malawi National Park
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Management photos
Pumulani
View Map
{"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null,"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"]}}
Add Photo Write a Review

98 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 90: English reviews
Blantyre, Malawi
1 review
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is fantastic. I would recommend it to any couple any day. Everything is top rated, food, accommodation, environment etc. The dhow ride and breakfast on the lake was amazing. Easily one of best places in Southern Africa.

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Helpful?
Thank kcj480
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I returned to Malawi after 42 years away. We were apprehensive about returning but the whole experience was truly wonderful and Pumulani was very special. The villa was huge, very private and had a lovely view over Lake Malawi. Service was first class with wonderful food and the Sunset dhow cruises were magic. Can,'t speak highly enough... More 

Review collected in partnership with this hotel

Helpful?
Thank john_eaton1
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a brilliant 1-night stay after 4 days of safari at the other Robin Pope Safaris camps (Nsefu and Nkwali - also highly recommended). Our room (no. 10) was enormous and extremely well appointed. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Sundowner drinks on the Dhow out on the lake were fantastic and supper at the restaurant was delicious. Only... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank AJPollock77
Rome, Italy
Level Contributor
382 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The location is great, the rooms are spacious and all feature a wonderful view of the lake; and there are quite numerous activities to chose from, if you feel that relaxing at the beach is "too tiring"! Apart from snorkeling, hiking, sailing on a Dhow or watching the stars, every guest is pampered and the staff is wonderful. Located in... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Marco S
Chertsey, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the great fortune of finishing off a Robin Pope safari at Pumulani Lodge. We cannot express enough how much we enjoyed staying there. We were given the honeymoon suite as a treat to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday. The room was stunning in every respect. An absolute treat - spacious and spotlessly clean, with the most incredible bathroom!... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ange086
Lilongwe, Malawi
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all, the place is very nice no doubt about it. The rooms are extremely spacious and nicely decorated. However, there were a couple of drawbacks during out stay mainly repeating invasion of huge cockroaches in the bathroom!! Furthermore, the lodge was completely full during our stay resulting in an overcrowding around the pool where 8 sun beds for... More 

Helpful?
Thank LOFTDH
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
62 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

The staff where really great. We chartered a flight from Lilongwe, the met and did the transferres etc. It is very small, and very well catered for, if you are looking for your own private oasis. I have recommended others stay, and they have enjoyed it just as much. The only small down side, is the food is only average,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tylor_the_Lorax
Steph N, Marketing at Pumulani, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feedback Since your stay in November 2015 we have taken on a new Chef and feedback has been great. We look forward to welcoming you back to Malawi. More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Taking our kids to Africa was an amazing experience for us all. Pululami is an incredible place to stay as a family or a couple. The food was excellent. The accommodation was great with beatiful views. The snorkelling was sensational with crystal clear water in the lake. A special thanks to Cristelle, Josh and their fabulous staff that made our... More 

Helpful?
Thank mstratton222
Hythe, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
129 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We spent 4 nights here winding down after two weeks safari. What a fantastic location and a room to die for. We were well looked after and food was great and beer was free thought I had gone to heaven. We went snorkelling this is superb and saw the fish eagle coming for food. They also have a state of... More 

Helpful?
Thank Annepaull
Lilongwe
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Well situated in the lake reserve overlooking the lake, has the most scenic views from all the Villa's. well designed and fitted with all the luxuries of a 5 star facility. Fantastic water sports offered along with walks, bird viewing and a special 800 x telescope for amazing night time star gazing. Hosts and staff are well groomed. Food is... More 

Helpful?
Thank 769grantl

99 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (68)
Viewed
View from Room (4)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (12)
Viewed
Room/Suite (9)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (1)
Viewed
Dining (5)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
0:48
Videos (1)
Viewed
Other (35)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (31)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (6)
Viewed
Room/Suite (6)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (2)
Viewed
Dining (3)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
View from Room (2)
Viewed
Other (10)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Lake Malawi National Park
38.7 km away
Sunbird Nkopola Lodge
Sunbird Nkopola Lodge
#2 of 3 in Mangochi
58 reviews
37.1 km away
The Makokola Retreat
The Makokola Retreat
#1 of 3 in Mangochi
109 reviews
8.8 km away
Thumbi View Lodge
Thumbi View Lodge
#2 of 19 in Cape Maclear
116 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
36.5 km away
Blue Zebra Island Lodge
Blue Zebra Island Lodge
#1 of 1 in Maleri Island
84 reviews
17.5 km away
Nkhudzi Lodge
Nkhudzi Lodge
#1 of 18 in Mangochi
9 reviews
8.7 km away
The Funky Cichlid
The Funky Cichlid
#1 of 3 in Cape Maclear
52 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Near Pumulani

Top-rated Restaurants Nearby

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Service
  • Room Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
“The brightest star on the Lake.” Pumulani is situated on the west side 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 

Additional Information about Pumulani

Address: Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi National Park 10101, Malawi
Region: 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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Pumulani staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Pumulani staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“The family room is down on the beach which is handy for going to the beach but quite far (and many many steps) from the pool and restaurant.”
 of 5 bubbles LOFTDH, 11 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Every room is unique with fabulous views”
 of 5 bubbles mstratton222, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Villa number 6 for the best view, Villa number 8 for been on the beach”
 of 5 bubbles 769grantl, 16 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Choose between villas near the beach versus those with great views higher up”
 of 5 bubbles rogerbR9888HK, 5 Sep 2016 | Read review
“For the pool the restaurant, seek a house near the top of the hill. If you want to run right out to the beach, ask for one near the bottom.”
 of 5 bubbles ACEThib, 7 Apr 2016 | Read review
5 of 5