Fun things to do in Malawi

  • Nyika's speciality: the Roan antelope
    Nyika's speciality: the Roan antelope
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    Approaching Roan on foot
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    Tea factory in the area of Mulanje

    by sachara Updated Sep 27, 2003

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    At the southern base of the Mulanje Massif are a lot of tea estates.
    Not far from the town Mulanje we visited a tea estate.
    We went to its factory. It was not possible to vist the place that day. It was off-season and saturday, so except on the office nobody was around.

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    Mulanje, flora and fauna

    by sachara Updated Sep 27, 2003

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    We walked for two hours near the Likhubula Forestry Station. We had some nice views at the Mulanje Massif. The valley, where we walked, was very green.
    In the forestry some non-indigenous pine has been planted on the higher slopes, but in the most parts of the Mulanje Massif you can walk in the natural surroundings.
    The lower slopes, where we walked, were covered with original woodland. The flora was diverse. We saw some beautifully flowering trees.
    The fauna in this area is less diverse. There are some antelopes, rock hyraxs, rock hares, vervets, monkeys and birds. We did hear and see only some birds.

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    Mulanje, rockpools and waterfalls

    by sachara Updated Sep 27, 2003

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    The Likhubula Forestry Station, easy reachable 1 KM from the town Mulanje, has a beautifull setting.
    Here we saw some cheap nice resthouses to spend the night.
    From the station Austin guided us to two interesting waterpools and waterfalls nearby.
    it was a steep walk up of about 45 minutes.
    We enjoyed the green scenery, the rocks and the water.

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    Visit to Mulanje

    by sachara Updated Sep 27, 2003

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    We visited the Mulanje area only for one day.
    The Mulanje Massif has an easy acces from Blantyre, well-organised and inexpensive facilities and some of the most dramatic scenery of the country, so Mulanje is the most popular hiking and trekking area of Malawi. At the upper plateau are clear paths and well-maintained huts.
    During our one day visit we could only visit the base of the plateau. After a short visit to the attractive town Mulanje and a sandwich at the Mulanje Motel we went to the Likhubula forestry where Austin our guide waited for us to accompany us.

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    Mulanje Massif

    by sachara Updated Sep 27, 2003

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    From Blantyre we visited Mulanje, a very beautiful highland area.
    Mount Mulanje is a vast isolated granite massif rising steeply from the plain south east of Blantyre.
    The massif covers a area of 650 KM2, the plateau is 2.000 M, incised by several wooded ravines. The 20 peaks are more than 2.500 M. The Saptiwa Peak with 3.002 M is the highest point in Central Africa.
    It is often misty in this area the Mulanje's high peaks sometimes rise above the clouds. So the local people call the Mulanje Massif also "Island in the Sky"

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    Lengwe National Park, going around

    by sachara Updated Sep 27, 2003

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    In the Lengwe National Park we saw not much game due to the dense vegetation or maybe the reduced numbers by poaching.
    We saw some species of antilopes, warthogs and a lot of birds.
    To enlarge the chance of seeing game we spend some time at nice viewing hides and walked some parts instead of driving with the car. It din't work, we saw disappointing less animals.
    Animals you can see in this park are :
    species of antelopes like nyala, impala and bushbuck, warthogs, samango monkeys, baboons.
    And if you have a lot of luck:
    buffalo, greater kudu, hyena and leopard.

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    Lengwe National Park

    by sachara Updated Sep 27, 2003

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    The Lengwe National Park is the most southern park in Malawi along the Mozambique border west of the Shire River.
    You can enter the park only with an own vehicle, so we hired a bus with driver in Blantyre. To reach the park you drive through sugarcane plantations.
    Only the eastern part of the park is developed for tourism. Here are several roads, viewing hides and a campsite.
    The park has a rather dense vegetation. There is some woodland along the watercourses and wooded savannah.
    We didn't see other visitors, when we were visiting.
    Entrance of the park is 10$.
    At the gate you can also buy a map and booklet of the Park.

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    Zomba Plateau, abundant green

    by sachara Updated Sep 26, 2003

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    The Zomba Plateau is rather cultivated, but it contains also still significant parts of indiginous riverine and montane forest as areas with brachstegia woodlands.
    Allthough there are several narrow ridges along the edge of the escarpment with viewpoints, we didn't go there. Due to the cloudy weather there were no views and panorama's, so we walked in the woodlands.
    We saw streams with waterfalls, lakes and very abundant green.
    We liked especially the giant "ferntrees".

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    Zomba Plateau, flora and fauna

    by sachara Updated Sep 26, 2003

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    At the Zomba Plateau we enjoyed the fresh green. We saw a lot of ferns along the streams.
    Except for the green scenery and the birds, is there a good variety of large mammals, allthough in small numbers.
    Leopard, hyenas, even lions we heard are seen. Further antelopes, like bushbuck, klipspringer and red duiker, monkeys and baboons.
    Where we walked we didn't see any animal except some birds.

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    Visit to the Zomba Plateau

    by sachara Updated Sep 26, 2003

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    We visited the Zomba Plateau for one day.
    As it was very clouded, we had no great views and it started raining a bit.
    We parked the bus at the Kuchawe Inn, took a warm coffee and tea.
    As the weather did not improve, we started our walks taking our rain coats.
    We walked to the Mandala waterfall and along the Mlunguzi stream, not far from the inn. The surroundings were really scenic.

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    Zomba Plateau and Zomba

    by sachara Updated Sep 26, 2003

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    The Zomba Plateau is immediately to the east of the town of Zomba with sheer escarpments rising more than thousand metre above thye plain.
    The Zomba Plateau is one of the most popular areas in Malawi for walking and hiking. The plateau is protected in Malawi's oldest forest reserve (1913). There is not much wilderness, like in other Malawi's highland areas. There is a road to the top and the plateau itself is covered by motorable tracks and by many foothpaths.
    We visited the plateau only for one day.
    If you like to stay longer, there is an hotel and a campsite.
    In the weekend the Zomba Plateau is popular with local residents.

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    Liwonde NP, elephants and other game

    by sachara Updated Sep 26, 2003

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    From the boat we saw three times 5 or 7 elephants on the green banks of the Shire River. In Liwonde National Park are 800 elephants, so it's rather common to see one or more herds.
    In the park are only a few lions. Cheetahs and giraffes are absent . Rhino's are reintroduced in the parc, sponsored by J&B whiskey. So the two rhinos have the name Justerini and Brooks
    Further there are antelope species like waterbuck, bushbuck, impala, kudu and sable and there is a lot of birdlife.

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    Shire River, hippos

    by sachara Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    The 40 KM stretch of the Shire River in the Liwonde National Park has more than 2000 hippo's, so one every 20 meters. This must be one of the densest hippo populations on the African continent.
    Also there are a lot of crocodiles in the Shire River and some are very large.
    We didn't see any crocodile during our boatride or our stay, the only thing we saw, was a young hippo wounded by the attack of a crocodile.
    And we didn't see an hippo at every 20M either, but we saw them anyway.
    So we saw a group during the boatride, rather far away and we watched some from the Hippo Bar at our lodge. And we heard them very loudly from our hotelroom during the night.

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    Shire River and Liwonde National Park

    by sachara Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    The Liwonde National Park is the best park in Malawi. The park has plenty of atmosphere and beautiful scenery. The park is dominated by the Shire River and its lush vegetation.
    The best way to see the park is by boat .
    So we made a boatride of three hours on the river.
    Downstairs at the boat we could sit on nice chairs. At the upper deck was only space for eight watchers or photograhers at the same time, on a very narrow board.

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    On the Lake Malawi

    by sachara Updated Sep 24, 2003

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    It's wonderful to be on the water of Lake Malawi. The views at the peninsula and the island are really beautiful.
    Dug-out canoes with local people pass by.
    Sometimes some local canoes come to visiti our boat, because the people have some goods for sale, like selfmade jewellery. The vendors in Malawi behave very friendly.
    On the lake we saw some fish-eagles. The crew of our boat tried to lure them with small fishes.

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