Beachside location

Where we are

Pumulani boasts a spectacular beachfront setting on the southern shores of Lake Malawi. We offer the only luxury accommodation within the confines of Lake Malawi National Park, just 20 minutes by road from the nearest airstrip.

Our villas rest on a lush hillside along the picturesque western shores of the Nankumba Peninsula. As we look out over the calm waters of the lake we are privileged to witness some of the most beautiful sunsets in Africa.

Map showing Pumulani location .

The lodge is set on a lush hillside Drink cocktails at  the beach bar The restaurant is set high above the lake Cosy camp fire area

How to reach us

Most of our guests arrive by private air charter, flying low over Malawi’s richly diverse landscapes. The final leg of their journey is completed by private vehicle or, weather permitting, you have the option of a luxury speedboat transfer. It is also possible to drive to Pumulani from Lilongwe in about three hours.

International flights to Malawi

International flights arrive at Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Several airlines fly into Lilongwe including Air Malawi, which operates a direct weekly service from London Gatwick. Other airlines include KLM/Kenya Airways via Nairobi and South African Airways via Johannesburg. British Airways flies to Johannesburg and Lusaka in Zambia, both of which offer onward connections to Lilongwe.

We also fly small aircraft from Mfuwe international airport, the gateway to South Luangwa, which is just 50 minutes from Lilongwe.

Flights to Lake Malawi

On arrival at Lilongwe’s Kamuzu Airport, Pumulani guests will be met by our staff, who will assist with immigration procedures and the payment of airport taxes. Most guests take a light aircraft to Monkey Bay, the closest airstrip to Pumulani.

Transfers to the lodge

When you disembark from your aircraft at Monkey Bay, our staff will be waiting to meet you. We offer a free transfer to the lodge, a 20-minute drive through African bush and local villages.

Beach and safari: Pumulani and Robin Pope Safaris

Many of our guests combine a relaxing stay on the beach with a wildlife safari in Majete Wildlife Reserve or in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, staying at one of the luxury camps also run by Robin Pope Safaris.

From the camps in Zambia to Pumulani, the door-to-door journey takes only about four hours. Guests fly from Mfuwe in the South Luangwa to Lilongwe, then onto Monkey Bay.

Guests from the UK can fly with British Airways to Lusaka then onward to Mfuwe. From Pumulani they can then transfer back to Lilongwe and directly onto Nairobi, Lusaka or Johannesburg without returning to Mfuwe.

Passports and visas for Malawi

All visitors to Malawi need a full valid passport, although citizens of most EU countries, the United States and Australia do not require a visa. Visitors from other countries should contact us to check whether a visa is needed.

Airport taxes

Departure taxes are currently US$7 for domestic departures and US$35 for international flights (does not apply for long haul flights as normally included).


We strongly recommend that you take out full trip cancellation insurance, as we do need to charge fees in the event of cancellation. All guests should have full travel, medical and luggage insurance. Pumulani bears no responsibility for any delays, cancellation of flights and change of itinerary, and retains the right to alter or cancel a booking with just reason.

As the transfers to the lodge are aboard light aircraft, please note that you must travel with soft-sided bags, and that there is a strict luggage limit of 15kg per person. Ensure you carry essential items, such as medication, spare glasses and a change of clothes, with you on international flights in the event that luggage is delayed.

Health in Malawi

We recommend that visitors to Malawi take malaria prophylactics. Bilharzia can be found in certain areas of Lake Malawi. Pumulani is regularly tested for bilharzia and all results have so far proved clear.

Tetanus, polio, typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. Yellow fever immunisation is only required if you are entering Malawi from a yellow fever zone. Before travelling, please check with your doctor for up-to-date medical advice. It is advisable to know your blood type in case of emergency.

What to pack

We recommend you bring the following items:

  • sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • swimwear
  • shorts/skirts, long trousers, T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, a warm jersey (for the winter months of June, July and August), a sports bra for ladies, sandals, walking shoes and socks
  • effective insect repellent
  • antihistamine cream and tablets
  • aspirin and other medicines
  • personal toiletries
  • torch
  • camera equipment (with spare batteries)
  • binoculars
  • spare contact lenses/glasses (if applicable)

Find us on Google Earth

If you have Google Earth installed to your computer you can see exactly where we are by downloading this file . Once the file is on your computer, double-click on it to be taken to Pumulani’s location.

Contact us

To find out more about staying at Pumulani, please contact us .