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Just 10 minutes' drive from the center of Lilongwe, Kumbali Country Lodge is located on a 650-hectare forest reserve and dairy farm. The lodge has a garden with outdoor pool.

The spacious, thatched rooms have their own entrance and a private bathroom. The beds are draped with a mosquito net.

Kumbali's restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fine cuisine, including homegrown vegetables and dairy products are offered. Drinks can be enjoyed at the well-stocked bar.

Activities in the surroundings include bird watching, forest walks, visits to the Kumbali Cultural Village and the Permaculture Center at the Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology.

Lilongwe International Airport is a 40-minute drive from Kumbali Country Lodge.

Kumbali Country Lodge has been welcoming guests since Aug 18, 2016

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.6)

Breakfast Info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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Room Type
2 twin beds
1 queen bed
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This property is part of the Travel Sustainable program, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.
Property questions and answers
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  • Do you have tv in rooms? Thanks
    Yes we do.
    Answered on 19 May 2022
  • Food and prices
    It depends on what you order from the menu.
    Answered on 11 June 2022
  • Do you have air conditioning? Thanks
    Yes we do have air conditioning in the rooms.
    Answered on 19 May 2022
  • Is there an ATM at the hotel?
    Hello, there is no ATM on the property, however we can help with online transactions. The nearest ATM is in City Centre about 10 minutes away.
    Answered on 27 June 2022
  • Phone contact details
    Malawi code o double nine double nine six three four zero two
    Answered on 11 July 2022

Managed by Guy, Maureen, John & Jes Pickering

Company review score: 9.7Based on 22 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company info

About the Owners Guy and Maureen Pickering emigrated to Malawi in 1991 with their young children John and Jes. While Guy worked in the tobacco industry, Maureen started Nature’s Gift Dairy producing yoghurt, cheese, and fruit juice. In 1998 they found themselves looking for a new farm and put in the successful bid for Capital Hill Dairy. They found tobacco and dairy farming were not making ends meet so they opened their home as a B&B to supplement their income. Word quickly spread about their delicious food and “homey” atmosphere and their bed and breakfast has turned into Kumbali Lodge, one of Malawi’s most luxurious accommodation options.

Property info

KUMBALI COUNTRY LODGE Kumbali Country Lodge is a private lodge situated on a 650 hectare forest reserve and dairy farm in Lilongwe, Malawi. Only 10 minutes from the capital city along a quiet traffic-free road. Stylish, relaxed and informal, it is the perfect stopover to other travel destinations such as Lake Malawi. For Professional Travelers or Tourists, Kumbali Country Lodge offers you the best accommodation Lilongwe can offer. 16 individual thatched suites offer comfortable and spacious accommodation. Private entrance, en-suite bathroom and veranda. Internet and laundry services. Fine cuisine, including home-grown vegetables and dairy products. Kumbali’s easy-going hosts ensure cheerful, attentive hospitality allowing guests freedom to enjoy the peace of the farm. Bird-life, indigenous forest walks, Kumbali Cultural Village and Kusamala Institute of Agriculture & Ecology offer additional interest.

Neighborhood info

Kumbali: Kumbali Country Lodge is situated on a 650 hectare forest reserve and dairy farm making it ideal for some outdoor fun. We have 4 marked farm routes: 5km, 8km, 11km & 21km as well as shorter walks. These are great for mountain biking, jogging or just a casual walk. Lilongwe: The quiet capital of Malawi, Lilongwe is divided into New and Old Towns. The Old Town is where to go for bustling stores, markets, cafes, hotels, and restaurants. The New Town houses embassies, international aid organizations, and corporate headquarters. A large expat population has made Lilongwe a very Western city, and a perfect stopping point for tired travelers to relax and pick up some essentials for their trip to the country’s wildlife reserves or to the beaches of Lake Malawi.

Languages Spoken

Area info *
1 Restaurant On Site
  • Restaurant
    • Cuisine
      African • American • British • French • Italian • Mediterranean • Portuguese • Steakhouse • Local • International • South African
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambience
      Family-friendly • Romantic
    • Dietary options
      Halal • Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free • Dairy-free
Amenities of Kumbali Country Lodge
Great facilities! Review score, 8.6
Most popular amenities
Outdoor swimming pool
Free WiFi
Airport shuttle
Non-smoking rooms
Facilities for disabled guests
Room service
Free parking
Family rooms
  • Private Bathroom
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Bicycle rental
    Additional charge
  • Themed dinners
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
Food & Drink
  • Fruit
    Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kids' meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
    Front Desk Services
    • Invoice provided
    • Private check-in/out
    • Concierge
    • Baggage storage
    • Tour desk
    • Currency exchange
    Entertainment & Family Services
    • Board games/Puzzles
    • Babysitting/Child services
      Additional charge
    Cleaning Services
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Suit press
      Additional charge
    • Ironing service
      Additional charge
    • Dry cleaning
      Additional charge
    • Laundry
      Additional charge
    Business Facilities
    • Fax/Photocopying
      Additional charge
    • Business center
      Additional charge
    • Meeting/Banquet facilities
      Additional charge
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Smoke alarms
    • Safe
    • Shuttle service
      Additional charge
    • Shared lounge/TV area
    • Designated smoking area
    • Air conditioning
    • Smoke-free property
    • Car rental
    • Packed lunches
    • Family rooms
    • Facilities for disabled guests
    • Airport shuttle
      Additional charge
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Room service
    • Wheelchair accessible
    Outdoor swimming pool
    • Open all year
    • Pool with view
    • Shallow end
    • Pool/Beach towels
    • Beach chairs/Loungers
    • Beach umbrellas
    • Beach chairs/Loungers
    Languages Spoken
    • Afrikaans
    • English

    House rules

    Kumbali Country Lodge takes special requests – add in the next step!


    From 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM


    From 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

    Children & Beds

    Child policies

    Children of all ages are welcome.

    Children 18 and above are considered adults at this property.

    To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

    Crib and extra bed policies

    0 - 2 years
    Extra bed upon request
    $80 per child, per night
    Crib upon request
    3 - 12 years
    Extra bed upon request
    $80 per child, per night
    13+ years
    Extra bed upon request
    $100 per person, per night

    Prices for cribs and extra beds aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

    The number of extra beds and cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

    All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

    No age restriction

    There's no age requirement for check-in

    Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card American Express Cash Kumbali Country Lodge accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


    Smoking is not allowed.


    Pets are not allowed.

    The fine print

    Please inform Kumbali Country Lodge of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

    Legal info

    This property is managed by a private host. EU consumer law relating to professional hosts might not apply.

    FAQs about Kumbali Country Lodge

    • Check-in at Kumbali Country Lodge is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

    • Kumbali Country Lodge has 1 restaurant:

      • Restaurant

    • Kumbali Country Lodge offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

      • Cycling
      • Hiking
      • Walking tours
      • Swimming pool
      • Themed dinners
      • Bicycle rental

    • Guests staying at Kumbali Country Lodge can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.0).

      Breakfast option(s) include:

      • Continental
      • Full English/Irish
      • Vegetarian
      • Vegan
      • Gluten-free
      • À la carte

    • The prices at Kumbali Country Lodge may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

    • Kumbali Country Lodge is 4.3 miles from the center of Lilongwe.

    • Room options at Kumbali Country Lodge include:

      • Double
      • Twin

    • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.