It’s Monday 25th July and the Pumulani star gazer

It’s Monday 25th July and the Pumulani star gazer

This week, over to Pumulani, where Chris and Mara are the new managers, and Emma is the chef. Let’s hear from Emma.

Chris and I have been here for 4 months and Mara for 3 months now and Pumulani has treated us spectacularly well! We arrived during the last rain storm of the season and too late to see our new surroundings. But the next morning we were met by one of the most stunning views across the lake and the bright, newly maintained lodge. The people (not unlike the weather) are warm and welcoming and there are always plenty of things to do to keep us active.

The new star gazer with its 200x zoom is up and running well. And it has to be said that looking up at Saturn through the scope is a sight to be seen. The rings and even the gap between them and the planet are phenomenal and, more often than not, followed by a very philosophical conversation. Jupiter is out late in the evening but will continue to rise earlier throughout the year and is set to be another incredible experience which will have guests chatting about over dinner.

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Chris has been exploring below the water level and has spotted some Cornish Jack and other interesting fish around Thumbi Island. The crystal clear waters make for a wonderful experience with dashing bright cichlids around the rocky bays beneath you and swooping fish eagles looking for their dinner from above.

The resident otters have been spotted again. They were, very kindly, playing around for some guests at the end of the rocky point just off of the beach. Rolling and diving after one another whilst the guests snapped away at them.

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We’ve had the Gule Wamkulu dancers come round a few times to perform for guests. They come with their ‘herder’, an ancient looking lady who seems to be quite a character and probably enough entertainment all on her own, and a troop of talented drummers. They warm up the drum skins on the fire and then start their well seasoned routine of rhythmic beats. The Gule Wamkulu in all their glory dance around the fire, kicking up the sand and occasionally putting fear into people when they get a little too close to the fire with their plumage! The drums and fast footed masked men always leave us with involuntarily shaking backsides, twitching feet and a mystical sensation for the rest of the evening. We’ve tried to capture them on video and film as best we can, but they’re just too fast! It’s no wonder such rich and thought provoking folk tales are prevalent around these parts what with there being such diverse imagery and true culture to draw from. We have learnt so much of these from being here and are always reminded just how important culture is to staff here at Pumulani, it shows in their enthusiasm to educate and share with us.

The ever popular Dhow sets out almost everyday in fully restored style with Captain Luckio sailing it. Guests plunge into the deep water out in the middle of the lake then slowly sail back, past the marshes to spot for hippos, arriving at the lodge just as soon as the sun has set. It’s always a favourite and a lovely way to enjoy the last few hours of the day out on the water.


From all of us here at Pumulani, and beautiful Lake Malawi, we look forward to hopefully seeing you soon!


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