Pumulani Lodge




  • The only luxury beach lodge within Lake Malawi National Park
  • Great sandy private beach
  • Watersports include water-skiing, sailing, diving, wake-boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, fishing and birdwatching

Pumulani Lodge, meaning ‘the place of rest’, is a luxury Lake Malawi lodge perched on a hillside, giving fantastic views over the clear waters of the lake. It lies on the southern shores of Lake Malawi on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula. Uniquely, Pumulani Lodge is the only luxury beach lodge within the Lake Malawi National Park which is the world’s first freshwater marine reserve. This World Heritage Site was established to protect the cichlid fish of the lake.

The contemporary lodge building has a great sense of space with dining area overlooking the lake, bar, sitting area and a large wooden deck. A small campfire area is close by. The infinity swimming pool is on a terraced deck, one level down.


Accommodation consists of ten villas between the main lodge and the beach below. Each has a bedroom, bathroom and sitting area, with large sliding doors leading out to the elevated wooden deck. Space and privacy are key at Pumulani. The villas are 120 m², which is massive. They are spaced far apart and all with grass roofs. So they blend unobtrusively into the bush. Each has a view of Lake Malawi, some uninterrupted, some with forest and lake views. The bathroom is luxurious with double sinks, vast open shower and standalone bath. There are 10 villas including a honeymoon villa and a family villa. The family villa (175m²) has two bedrooms accommodating a family of four or five. Though the villas are so large that one or two extra beds can added, without compromising the sense of space.

Pumulani Lodge has a private beach with a beach bar offering drinks and light snacks. Behind the beach, there are beautiful shaded gardens for those not wanting too much sun!  Lunch alternates between the restaurant at the lodge or at the pool bar down on the beach.


The complimentary activities at Pumulani are snorkelling, fishing, sailing, nature and village walks and kayaking. There is great snorkelling from the nearby rocks only a short swim or kayak away. Pumulani Lodge has its own traditional wooden dhow sailing boat for sunset cruises. Motorized water sports (water-skiing, fun tube, picnic tours) are available at an additional cost, as is scuba diving, at nearby Cape Maclear.

Note: Pumulani has a lot of steps. Golf buggies are available to transport you from the lodge down to the beach and vice versa but if you are on one of the middle levels, then it's quite a few steps either up to the lodge or down to the beach. Good exercise to walk off lunch or dinner!

Pumulani Lodge on the map


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Villas (Bush view & Lake view)

Large spacious en suite rooms. Each has a lounge area as well as a verandah. Also each has a kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities along with a minibar. Five villas have bush views and the remaining five villas have uninterrupted views across Lake Malawi.


Family Villa

The family villa is the closest to the beach and all activities are easily organised from this point. Just off the master bedroom is a twin room with a large spacious bathroom with double basins, showers and a bath. The sitting area has plenty of space for the whole family to relax.


Fabulous stay

"Pumulani on lake Malawi was fabulous, speed boats, fish eagles and the hosts made our stay really special. "

Special offers

Family Offer

Second child free – for children under 16 years; youngest child goes free.

Second child free for children under 16 years, youngest child goes free. Park costs and levies still payable

Excludes: Park fees and levies are still payable on the free night

Terms & Conditions: Park costs and levies still payable.

VALID FROM 01/01/2024
VALID UNTIL 31/12/2024

Long Stay Special Rates

Now 10% off for 7 night stays, and 20% off for 10 night stays, at any combination of Robin Pope Safaris properties

VALID FROM 01/01/2024
VALID UNTIL 31/12/2024

Special 4night rates

Stay 4 nights and receive lower rates

Terms & Conditions: Can be combined with Robin Pope's 7 night offer

VALID FROM 15/03/2024
VALID UNTIL 31/12/2024


Full board, park fees, laundry, drinks, transfers to/from Monkey Bay, meet & greet at Lilongwe Airport, all non-motorized watersport activities: snorkelling at lodge, fishing, sailing, nature/village walks, sunset cruises on the dhow and kayaking 4+ nights stay includes one snorkelling excursion


Visas, flights, scuba diving and motorized water sports: snorkling excursion, waterskiing, fun tube & picnic tours

Family Suitability

Accepts older children

Malaria Rating

Malarial area year-round