Lake of Stars makes it’s return this year and will be held at newly built Kabumba Hotel in Leopard’s Bay, Salima. The 3 day festival will be held from 28 – 30 September and will marks it’s 15th anniversary.
I first visited Kabumba Hotel in early January this year. My wife and I had planned a trip out to Ntchisi Forest Lodge. Being the rainy season, we were unsure of the condition of the road up to the lodge. We couldn’t get hold of the lodge by phone and our other communication was not responded to (we sent it late after the unsuccessful phone calls). So we made a quick decision the night before to travel to Salima.
On our way down to Senga Bay, we saw the sign for Kabumba Hotel and decided to quickly check it out. Some couple we know had tied their knot a few weeks earlier at the hotel but we had no idea where it was.
I was impressed right from the drive down from the main road. The structure itself is modern and well spaced out. The bar area and a few rooms were complete at the time as well as other function rooms. We were shown around by the staff and went into some of the rooms which were spacious and well furnished. We were told the first phase of construction will see the completion of 50 rooms. In the second phase, an additional 100 rooms will be built. The gym, swimming pool and dining room were under construction at the time.
The beach is very deep and long. It is secluded with no other cottages in sight. Or at least I didn’t see any. As much at the hotel was open, workers were busy building and landscaping. I can only image the progress that has been made since.
I personally think the Lake of Stars have made an excellent choice of Kabumba as the venue for #LOS2018. See you in September!
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