Rearing dramatically from the landscape, the Zomba Plateau touches the clouds at 2087m high. A handsome slice of natural beauty, expect some of the best views in Malawi and untamed wilderness that is unquestionably explorable.
The mountainous mass is found northwest of Zomba City and covers around 130km², much of which is part of Malawi's oldest forest reserve and well protected. Vegetation on the Plateau is a muddle of Brachystegia woodland and indigenous riverine and montane forest set alongside invading pine and cedar. The top of Zomba is a streaked by streams that burst over cliffs into waterfalls and picturesque lakes. Discover cliff-top plunges of up to 1,200m as the massif falls away into the Upper Shire Valley on its northwest side - the accompanying vistas are nothing short of breath-taking.
Take in Malumbe Peak, the Plateau's highest point, and embark on a daring drive along the very top of Zomba, admiring the captivating scenery as you pass by. Exploring on foot is also an option and is perhaps a better option to observe smaller wildlife species and really savour the scenery. For something a little different trout fishing and horse rides can be arranged.
A pretty sight you find on holidays to Zomba Plateau is the giant butterflies that call it home; they are joined by a number of small species with excellent sightings of baboons to enjoy on the lower slopes of the mountain. While extremely rare, there is also the chance to see leopard, although a sighting would be very lucky. Birding is wonderful with a number of raptors to spot, including the augur buzzard and the long-crested eagle. To get the most out of Zomba Plateau, Ku Chawe Inn is the best place to stay: accommodation is comfortable and the views fantastic.
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