Even with winter coming to Malawi, Pumulani Lodge by Robin Pope Safaris is still an excellent outdoor destination for both water and land activities at Lake Malawi.
In the middle of winter, Lake Malawi still experiences a pleasantly warm climate with low temperatures of around 17°C (63°F) and maximum temperatures ranging between 27°C (81°F) and 29°C (84°F). So although Malawi is heading into winter, the weather has been fabulous at Lake Malawi and guests at Robin Pope Safaris’ Pumulani Lodge have been treated to spectacular sunsets and cool clear waters, which are fantastic for snorkeling and swimming.
It is always a treat to go on a snorkeling trip to Thumbi Island, which is a 30-minute boat ride from Pumulani. There is so much to see along the way whilst out on the water, including the African fish eagles, which Black – a guide at Pumulani – knows so well that he has named each of the fish eagles individually.
Guests were recently acquainted with Obama the fish eagle who put on quite the show, soaring down from a baobab and swooping in on a fish that Black had hurled into the air. Once at Thumbi Island, without wasting much time, everyone jumped into the water and enjoyed the refreshing water with the colourful cichlid fish on display.
It is not only water activities that are on offer at Pumulani. Guests can also take light bush walks or, for the more daring and physically fit, there is a 45-minute climb to the top of the hill behind the lodge. While it is no easy feat, the view from the top makes the climb well worth the trek!
To experience some of the best destinations Malawi has to offer, check out Robin Pope Safaris’ Warm Heart safari itinerary, which takes you to Lake Malawi , Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve.