An impressive sight of sheer granite cliffs, Mount Mulanje rises 3000m above the surrounding plains below. It's known as the 'Island in the Sky' by locals as when the mist rises, it envelops the mountain, leaving only the peak which seemingly floats high above the ground. With lush forest carpet valleys and waterfalls, it's a picturesque area home to a number of wildlife species.
With holidays to Mount Mulanje discover dense green forest that carpets the mountain's gaping valleys while the rivers that fall from its cliffs create spectacular waterfalls. Driving around the foot of Mulanje is a good way to take in the massif, which encompasses around 600sq km, although climbing it and hikes through the forests are perhaps the best ways to get in touch with the mountain. While reaching Mulanje's highest point, Sapitwa, may be a challenge to the novice climber, there are plenty of easily reached peaks to attempt that are just as much fun.
The mountain is home to a number of different wildlife species, including the tiny klipspringer antelope and cheeky vervet monkeys. Birding is also prolific with kestrels, white-necked ravens, black eagles and buzzards to be seen.
There's plenty of wildlife on the mountain too - klipspringers, vervet monkeys and rock hyraxes are all seen regularly, and birdlife includes black eagles, buzzards and kestrels. The River Lichenya falls down Mulanje's south-west slopes and is abundant with trout - something visitors can benefit from with fishing on offer.
The hinterland of the mountain is awash with tea estates, an industry which is currently booming in the area. The estates are excellent bases for exploring Mulanje and it can be interesting to stay on one, with the Lujeri Tea Estate and Huntingdon House good options to consider.
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