Lodges

Pumulani Lodge

Heavenly cliff-top sanctuary

Pumulani Lodge

Mother Nature may have given Lake Malawi turquoise sparkling waters, rolling green hills and crescents of powder-white sand, but it was owners Jo & Robin Pope who gave Pumulani an infinity pool, 10 stunning eco-friendly villas and a host of water based activities to keep you busy. Find this chic retreat at the top of a winding track in the forested hills of the Nankumba Peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Malawi and visit for a spot of post-safari indulgence, interspersed with a little snorkelling or kayaking should it take your fancy.

At the lodge

The hotel

Spread out over 2 levels and the beach, the main lodge is spacious, airy and romantic and, of course, makes the most of the heavenly views over the Lake and beyond. At the top is a decking area where breakfast and dinner are served and a small bar. Step down to the infinity pool and a smattering of sun loungers and then down again to the beach, where you’ll find another bar for post-watersports refreshments and a shady lunch spot.

The rooms

Just 10 luxurious villas (including a swanky honeymoon suite and family villa) are dotted around the hillside, connected by a series of walkways. Décor is soothing and subtle so as not to distract from the jaw-dropping vistas. All have wonderful private decks, separate sitting rooms and vast bathrooms with romantic roll-top baths. Some villas are nearer the beach which can be quite a hike – we’re pretty partial to room 5 which has the best of both worlds.

On safari

Experiences

Most activities at Pumulani are included in the price apart from scuba diving and motorised sports. If you pick only one activity, we highly recommend taking the speedboat to Cape Maclear and snorkelling among the Cichlid in possibly the clearest, bluest water we have ever seen. Also on offer are kayaking, waterskiing, sailing, and fishing trips and a variety of lovely nature and wildlife walks (or bike rides) around the surrounding areas and nearby villages.

When to go

Lake Malawi by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Often the wettest month of the year, with relatively high temperatures and long nights of rain.
  • This is a risky time of year for a beach holiday with unpredictable weather.
  • Enjoy exceptional year round diving and snorkelling with warm waters and clarities that never drop below 15 meters.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

February

Season: Wet
  • A very wet month with regular nightly rainfall and high daytime temperatures.
  • This is a risky time of year for a beach holiday with unpredictable weather.
  • Lake Malawi has exceptional year round diving and snorkelling with warm waters and clarities that never drop below 15 meters.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

March

Season: Wet
  • Rainfall begins to decline although is still reasonably high during this month, with showers usually occurring over night and daytime temperatures being relatively hot.
  • The unpredictability of the weather makes this destination a gamble for a beach holiday.
  • With a wide variety of cichlids (tropical fish), take advantage of the unique lake diving and snorkelling, enjoying warm waters and clarities of no less than 15 meters.
  • There is an activity for every moment of the day on Lake Malawi, including kite boarding, kayaking, water skiing or even learning to sail.
  • Take a quad biking trip on Likoma Island, an area known for its cultural scenes and an impressive cathedral.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

April

Season: Wet
  • The wet season is coming to an end, with temperatures still hot but dropping as rainfall decreases with each passing day.
  • Take advantage of the first dry days of the season by heading to the white sandy beaches of Lake Malawi.
  • Enjoy exceptional year round diving and snorkelling with warm waters and clarities that never drop below 15 meters.
  • There are numerous activities available on Lake Malawi, such as kite boarding, kayaking, water skiing or even learning to sail.
  • Explore Likoma Island on a quad biking trip, taking in the cultural scenes and an impressive cathedral.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

May

Season: Dry
  • The ideal time of year to relax on the tropical shores of Lake Malawi.
  • Lake Malawi has exceptional year round diving and snorkelling with warm waters and clarities that never drop below 15 meters.
  • With so many water activities available on Lake Malawi, including kite boarding, kayaking, water skiing and sailing, there won't be a moment to waste.
  • Likoma Island is best explored by quad bike, with friendly locals, cultural scenes and a large cathedral.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.
  • The dry season has began, rainfall subsides and the temperatures are hot but dropping.

June

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is in full swing with slightly cooler temperatures and little to no rain expected.
  • Take advantage of pristine weather, relaxing on the beaches of Lake Malawi.
  • With a wide variety of cichlids (tropical fish), take advantage of the unique lake diving and snorkelling, enjoying warm waters and clarities of no less than 15 meters.
  • There is an activity for every moment of the day on Lake Malawi, including kite boarding, kayaking, water skiing or even learning to sail.
  • Take a quad biking trip on Likoma Island, an area known for its cultural scenes and an impressive cathedral.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

July

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are cooler with almost no chance of rain.
  • A wonderful time of year for lounging on the picturesque beaches of Lake Malawi.
  • Enjoy exceptional year round diving and snorkelling with warm waters and clarities that never drop below 15 meters.
  • Take advantage of the numerous activities available on Lake Malawi such as kite boarding, kayaking, water skiing or even learn to sail.
  • Explore Likoma Island on a quad biking trip, taking in the cultural scenes and an impressive cathedral.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

August

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are ideal, with only a couple of days rainfall across the whole month.
  • A great time for recliner relaxation on the white sandy beaches of Lake Malawi.
  • With a wide variety of cichlids (tropical fish), take advantage of the unique lake diving and snorkelling, enjoying warm waters and clarities of no less than 15 meters.
  • With so many water activities available on Lake Malawi, including kite boarding, kayaking, water skiing and sailing, there won't be a moment to waste.
  • Likoma Island is best explored by quad bike, with friendly locals, cultural scenes and a large cathedral.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

September

Season: Dry
  • The end of the dry season is approaching with temperatures and humidity beginning to climb in this month and little to no chance of rainfall.
  • At this time of the year, Lake Malawi provides the perfect setting for island relaxation and care free living.
  • The best time for diving or snorkelling with warm water temperatures and incredible dive clarity of up to 25 meters during this month.
  • Take advantage of the numerous activities available on Lake Malawi such as kite boarding, kayaking, water skiing or even learn to sail.
  • Take a quad biking trip on Likoma Island, an area known for its cultural scenes and an impressive cathedral.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

October

Season: Dry
  • This is one of the hottest months of the year with the first afternoon showers occurring towards the end of the month.
  • Take advantage of the end of the dry season by reclining on the beach, icy cocktail in hand.
  • The best time for diving or snorkelling with warm water temperatures and incredible dive clarity of up to 25 meters during this month.
  • There are numerous activities available on Lake Malawi such as kite boarding, kayaking, water skiing or even learn to sail.
  • Explore Likoma Island on a quad biking trip, taking in the cultural scenes and an impressive cathedral.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

November

Season: Dry
  • The start of the wet season with sporadic rainfall, usually in the form of late afternoon showers.
  • This month is usually a gamble for beach relaxation with long hours of glowing sunlight but the potential for rain is ever present.
  • The best time for diving or snorkelling with warm water temperatures and incredible dive clarity of up to 25 meters during this month.
  • There is an activity for every moment of the day on Lake Malawi, including kite boarding, kayaking, water skiing or even learning to sail.
  • Explore Likoma Island on a quad biking trip, taking in the cultural scenes and an impressive cathedral.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

December

Season: Wet
  • Approaching the peak of the wet season, temperatures are relatively high with regular rainfall in the form of heavy showers.
  • This is a risky time of year for a beach holiday with high humidity, temperatures and rainfall.
  • Diving and snorkelling conditions are prime in early early December, with warm water and a clarity of 25 meters, this tails of towards the end of the month but is never bad.
  • Take a quad biking trip on Likoma Island, an area known for its cultural scenes and an impressive cathedral.
  • Don't forget to pack sun block and a hat, Africa has a powerful sun year round.

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