It’s Monday 26th September 2011 and it’s back to the warm heart of Africa (Part Two)

Well, hope you had a good weekend, and before I let you read the final instalment of the Mannings trip to Malawi I have some very exciting news:

Pumulani has won the prestigious “Malawi’s leading Hotel’ award for 2011 at the World Travel Awards held earlier in the month in Egypt. These Awards are the “Oscars” of the tourism world so you can imagine how thrilled we all are!

And now, what better way to follow this wonderful news than to hear again from Rita and Glyn about their Pumulani Experience…

“A two hour drive to Blantyre where we changed vehicles and then a four hour drive to Pumulani. The roads were much better than expected, only the last part from Monkey Bay was dirt road. A picnic box and drinks were provided and the journey was made very interesting by lots of villages and towns with markets and people going about their daily routine.

Lake Shore VillageLake Shore Village

We visited Pumulani three years ago in its first week of opening and it is just as beautiful as we remembered.

The staff have blossomed over the last three years and are very professional whilst providing a friendly welcoming atmosphere. You feel very much a part of the family.

Lake MalawiFriendly Faces

There are a lot of activities to take part in but we needed this time to recharge our batteries before returning home and to work.
A couple of trips on the Dhow, a walk followed by a trip back by kayak, and a spin in the motorboat was enough activity for us. We dined on the beach at lunch and walked up the steps back to our room to prepare for dinner, yet more delicious food!

Speed BoatFishermen

Sunset beginsSunset Cruise

On our motorboat trip my husband spotted a large bird soaring above us. Glyn, our driver, stopped the boat and binoculars came out and yes it was a black eagle. Something we have only seen at Pumulani. We followed this with lots of Fish Eagles and a kite plus loads of smaller birds.

Pied KingfisherPair of Fish Eagles

A lone Fish EagleFish Eagle

Chris showed us the new stargazer, what a beast! We were able to see Saturn which was unbelievable. We struggle to recognise the stars other than the Southern Cross but we have learnt a little bit more on this trip, thanks to Simon, Chris and the clear African skies.

Thanks to Chris, Emma and all the staff a Pumulani for a brilliant stay.

We now have two homes from home and can’t wait for our next trip to Malawi.

We have now been home three weeks and if we are asked, “did you have a nice holiday” We answer with a big grin and say “OH YES” ”

Thank you Rita & Glyn for sharing your Malawi experience with us all.

Elephant Charge

It’s almost that time of the year again for the annual Elephant Charge Event – an off road motorsport challenge aimed at raising money for conservation and wildlife education causes. Robin Pope will continue to support this important cause and we urge you all to visit their website for more information:

Well that’s it for this Monday and for September. Have a great week.


A school of Cichlids

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