Kumbali is the perfect Lilongwe stopover, with huge comfortable rooms and excellent wholesome home-grown food you will completely forget you are in the capital city. The working farm provides some incredible food headed by their well experienced chef who has made the kitchen a firm favourite among tourists and locals alike. Stretch your legs and explore the farm or take a dip in the huge pool, the staff go to any lengths to make your stay a special one.
“A home away from home, Kumbali Lodge does not disappoint, and it is hard to believe its only 10 minutes out of Lilongwe City. The rooms are very spacious each with their own private balcony overlooking the well-manicured gardens. The food is amazing, the staff friendly and nothing is ever too big to ask. It is the perfect spot to relax and unwind before or after a tour of Malawi.”
Last visited by Jen, Sales & Marketing – May 2019
The food here is brilliant, Jes has done an incredible job creating food that is renowned across the country. All the ingredients are grown on the working farm including most of the meat. Having trained globally, Jes infuses her worldly knowledge with Malawian flavours and ingredients to produce some of the best meals we have had in Malawi. It is a firm favourite amongst the locals which should tell you everything you need to know.
The rooms here are spacious airy bright and quiet, all of them have private verandas that look out into the gardens. Because the lodge is on a farm you are surrounded by lush peaceful greenery, with a huge amount of birdlife, including owls which permanently reside in the dining room ceiling. The rooms themselves have comfortable, king-sized beds and large en-suite bathrooms, it is the perfect place to unwind and wash away a long flight or rest before your onward departure.
There is actually a lot to do and see at Kumbali, such as touring the farm and tasting their homemade feta and yoghurt. Bird watching is a fun way to while away some time in the sunshine in their 650-hectare forest reserve. They have a collection of antique cars which you can view and you can visit the permaculture centre which is right next to the kindergarten that Kumbali sponsor. Do let them know if you are interested in community visits, they have strong ties with the surrounding community and have several projects on the go which they would love to introduce you to.
OPEN: All year round
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$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
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What a wonderful oasis of calm & relaxation kumbali lodge is. As with the rest of my time in Malawi I was met with friendship & joy. He however there was also such attention to detail in ensuring comfort on a personal level that it was the ideal start & end to a trip. A real treat after adventure travelling.
I only stayed here for one night but wish we had longer! Both the breakfast and dinner were the best food I had in the three weeks I was in Malawi. Food is grown on site and it even has its own dairy. It is a very luxurious lodge and would encourage anyone to stay.
We stayed 3 nights/4 days and had a really good time. The accommodation and food was very good and the lodge surrounding setting is very pretty. We would be happy to visit and stay at the lodge again.