It’s Monday 16th August 2010 and relax in the warm heart of Africa

Before I start, The Walking Mobile Safari, with Jason, has had a cancellation and so there are now four free places starting on 2 October for 7 nights.

It has been a while since we heard from Bettina and Luke at Pumulani and it seems that lots has been happening since we re-opened the lodge in April. Over to them:

“We are right in the busy season now and our activities schedule for our guests is choc a bloc.

Fishermen, Lake MalawiPumulani Dhow, Pumulani, Lake Malawi

Most guests arrive at the lodge after a safari in South Luangwa and are ready for some “lake relaxation”, so they like to start off their trip with a sunset cruise on our traditional East African sailing dhow, which sets the tone for their stay at Pumulani. Relaxing on the large cushions while sipping an ice-cold Malawi Gin & Tonic and listening to the stories of captain Luckio or diving into the deep blue waters of Lake Malawi. What a treat! Another popular lake activity is of course snorkelling. Our guide Glynn has really made this activity his own and knows the islands around Cape Maclear like the back of his hand, having grown up there. He is also happy to share his (secret) tricks of catching fish with the hands…

Walking has also been fantastic this last month with highlights such as a troop of samangos monkeys, red-necked falcons, pel’s fishing owl and Livingstone’s flycatcher. We have also had numerous otter sightings along the beach. Apart from our nature walking, the village walk has been very popular and is it a great authentic experience for all. Dhow captain Luckio, Loyce and most recently Black have been guiding those interesting tours into Mbeya village and then we do a paddle back by kajak for some lunch on the beach beneath the shady mango trees.

Here at Pumulani we like to place a lot of emphasis on fine wine and dining so we have started the season not only with our new American head chef James, who is responsible for the culinary treats at the lodge, but we now also offer a great selection of handpicked wines from the most renowned South African wine estates.

Luke has recently finished building at our honeymoon villa which now offers a very special outdoor shower in form of a small dhow. He used an old boat as the base and picked a nice spot on the edge of a small stream beneath some pod mahogany trees. The new dhow shower is idyllically nestled in the lush green forests right beside the villa with monkeys playing high up on the trees. Just imagine what a pleasure it is to take a refreshing shower outdoors while taking in the smells and sounds of the forest or while gazing at the starlit sky and bright moon at night.

Loyce has been doing well with her handmade curios and her work is selling like hot cakes in the Pumulani shop. Loyce’s favourite phrase is “ time is money” so she works really hard on her art and keeps diversifying her products (most recently shell jewellery). She is always “busy busy”. Apart from being a very charming bar lady at our beach bar she can also be found hosting guests on the dhow or taking them to her local village or to her workshop, where she recycles the lodge’s waste paper into beautiful postcards and booklets among other things. In her spare time Loyce teaches some of the most vulnerable orphans in the village her paper making or basket weaving hoping that they can hence have brighter future. Quite a lady our little Loyce, very inspiring! We are so proud of her.

We have also had our new hostess Fiona arriving to help us out in high season. After having worked in Mozambique for a while she joined the Pumulani team in June and has hence become a valuable member. Fiona is from Rhode Island in the states but she has African roots as both her parents are Zimbabwean. Among many other talents our lovely hostess has a green thumb and is developing our new veggie garden.”

Stay well and have a great week

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