It’s Monday 12th March 2012 and Pumulani through new eyes

We are almost there and ready to roll for the new season! Lots of hard work has been done during the off season to maintain the Lodge and its standards.

A few words from Laura who has joined the team…

It’s funny to think that this time last month myself and Luke were living in grey and dreary London, running the daily rat race on the tube and going to and from work in darkness. Now I’m writing this from the Pumulani office, with a cool breeze coming off Lake Malawi just behind me, which is looking fantastic in the mid-afternoon sun!

Mara, Luke & LauraView from Deck

Spring cleanReception Area

We arrived at Pumulani under cover of darkness late last Thursday, so the sight of the sun sparkling on the lake the next morning completely blew us away, along with the cool blue of the infinity pool nestled below the main deck. Since then we’ve been busy setting up ready for the start of the season with lodge manager Mara, and getting used to the gentle pace of life on the lake. It’s really the little details that make this place so special – from watching the local fishermen in their dugout boats working on the lake in the late afternoon, to discovering a pair of white-throated swallows nesting above the bar. I love bird-watching so the news that the lodge runs a early-morning bird-walk through the local area is music to my ears – especially seeing as I’ve yet to catch a sighting of the famous fish eagle.

Walkway being redoneVillas nestled in the flora

Pool areaBar Area

In the KitchenLiving area in one of the villas

Personally I think this is the best time of year for a visit – everywhere you look is lushly green, the days are sunny but pleasantly cool and we’ve been treated to some seriously dramatic lightening storms in the evenings – thankfully, mostly the other side of Kasankha Bay! Being two keen photographers we’ve also been scouting for the best places on site to shoot the perfect sunset – with the opening of the season the famous sunset dhow cruises will start, too.

BathroomBeach Area

Walk way completedView from water

Luke is busy in the kitchen coming up with a range of delicious sundowner snacks ready to pack for these, as well as working on a mouth-watering menu for the lodge restaurant. We’re also looking forward to continuing last years successes with tours of the local village – with so many of our staff living locally, it’s fantastic that we can give our guests a taste of the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ and support the local community too. Responsible tourism is something I feel very strongly about so working for a company like Robin Pope that takes this ideal seriously is a dream come true.

We hope to see lots of you Pumulani through out the season!

From all of us here at Pumulani,

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