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Kumbali Country Lodge's 20th Anniversary in Hospitality

Lilongwe guest being welcomed at Kumbali Country Lodge Reception
Kumbali Reception

As we step into 2024, it is the 20th anniversary of Kumbali Country Lodge offering its exceptional hospitality. Let's take a stroll down memory lane to explore the captivating history of Kumbali and the remarkable journey undertaken by the visionary duo, Guy and Maureen Pickering.



Capital Kumbali Daily Farm in early 2000s
Capital Dairy farm in early 2000s

The roots of Kumbali trace back to 1986 when the Canadian government established the Capital Hill Dairy Farm in Malawi. However, it wasn't until 1997 that the Pickerings, renowned for their prowess in tobacco and dairy farming, assumed control of the struggling farm. Facing a daunting task upon their arrival in July 1998, the Pickerings were undeterred by the farm's challenges – milk production had plummeted, and essential infrastructure was lacking. Their vision was clear – to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.



Dairy farm in 2000s in Lilongwe
Capital Dairy Farm Building in early 2000s
Kumbali garden side pool in 2013
Kumbali pool in construction in 2013

With unwavering determination and tireless effort, the Pickerings set about the transformation of the farm. What once were government C-class buildings became the foundation for a flourishing lodge.



Garden view room of Kumbali
Kumbali Executive room balcony.

In 2004, Kumbali Country Lodge officially opened its doors with 11 rooms. The journey continued, and Madonna's visit in 2006 inspired further expansion where the lodge center evolved into the double-story thatched building housing the restaurant, reception, and patio we see today.





Kumbali Lodge center in 2004
Kumbali Lodge Center in 2004
Kumbali Country Lodge center in 2024
Kumbali Lodge Center in 2024

As Kumbali Country Lodge celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2024, it stands as a testament to the Pickerings' unwavering spirit and their ability to turn adversity into opportunity. This milestone is not merely a celebration; it's a testament to two decades marked by growth, adaptation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.



Kumbali executive room
Kumbali Executive Room in 2024

As we commemorate this significant anniversary, keep a lookout for all our 20th-anniversary special offerings on accommodation at our Lilongwe Country Lodge and our Salima Lake Retreat, as well as conferences and events space gardens at the country Lodge in Lilongwe, additionally stay tuned for exciting updates on the upcoming Game Reserve.

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