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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.

The Viphya Plateau in Northern Malawi offers a fresh climate, 1,560m above sea level. Although there are large areas of commercial forestry, visitors head to the area for the rolling grassland hills, Rift Valley escarpments descending to Lake Malawi and sections of indigenous rainforest. The birdlife is famously varied and on wilderness walks or on biking trails, you may encounter small mammals like bushbuck, duiker, monkeys, and baboons.

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  • Climb the majestic Mount Mulanje, with a choice of varying hiking trails
  • Discover dramatic landscapes of lush forest carpet valleys and waterfalls
  • Visit and tour local tea estates surrounding Mount Mulanje
  • Varied birdlife in indigenous woodlands, wetlands, plantation forest and grasslands
  • Mountain bike heaven! Endless tracks and dirt roads to explore

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Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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