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Malawi's Islands and Highlands
Posted on: Monday, June 12, 2017
Blog Category: 'Malawi General'

Malawi offers beautiful natural rolling highlands rich in flora and fauna, matched by the crystal clear waters and golden sand lined islands of Lake Malawi. Discover them yourself.

Nyika Plateau
Nyika is Malawi’s largest national park with an area of 1250 sq miles. It extends across the great plateau, reaching altitudes of 8000ft, and its environment is like none other in the whole of Africa. The amazing rolling scenery is at its best in the rainy season when over 200 types of orchid are in flower. You can explore Nyika on foot and mountain bike as well as by 4x4. Animals to be spotted include Burchell's zebra, leopard, hyena and some of the largest herds of eland & roan antelope to be found on the continent, as well as an abundance of birdlife.

Mount Mulanje
The scale of this magnificent mountain has to be seen to be believed! The highest mountain in the whole of central Africa, its bare rock flanks tower to almost 10000ft (3000m), dwarfing all that surrounds it. Visitors can drive round the foot of the massif in a day, but to truly appreciate its vastness you can trek and camp on the mountainside. To make your way up you can opt for a gentle walk or a serious climb.

Thylo Tea Estates
Tea has been grown on these rolling hillsides since 1908 and the primly trimmed foliage gives the whole area the appearance of a neatly kept, but vast garden. Tour the estates and see the tea making process from picking to drinking, and end your day with croquet and cream tea on the lawn, with fresh cream from the estate’s own cows. Accommodation is available on Satemwa Estate at Huntingdon House, originally the family home, built in 1928.

Zomba Plateau
Zomba Plateau is unique; a great slab of a mountain rising to 6000ft (1800m). It has vast tracts of cedar, pine and cypress but elsewhere the vegetation is wild and mixed. The plateau top is criss-crossed by streams and there are tumbling waterfalls and still lakes. There are driveable tracks right around the top, offering such magnificent views that they were described in colonial times as "the best in the British Empire". Expect to see giant butterflies and baboons, long-crested eagles, augur buzzards, and if you have a keen eye, a leopard. Accommodation on the plateau includes a luxury hotel, the famous Sunbird Ku Chawe, set at the very edge of the mountain.

Likoma Island
Likoma’s claim to fame is its cathedral, which is the same size as Winchester, and is now over 100 years old. The island is otherwise somewhat barren but home to bustling local communities and some lovely beaches.  Spend the day out on the lake, where water sports include snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving, kite surfing, water skiing and sailing. Accommodation on Likoma is limited but includes renowned Kaya Mawa and the charming Ulisa Bay Lodge. There’s also a qonderful barefoot luxury lodge is just across the water on the Mozambique shore of the lake – Nkwichi Lodge at Manda Wilderness.

Mumbo Island
Unlike most other island destinations in the region, Mumbo Island has never been populated and is still in its natural state. This, together with the focus on non-motorised water sports makes Mumbo Island ideal for active outdoor enthusiasts. The remoteness and serene surroundings of the island means that there is no shortage of opportunities to relax. Surrounded by nature you can enjoy ample tranquillity and barefoot luxury. Excellent kayaking, snorkelling and SCUBA facilities enable guests to explore granitic islands in a fresh-water Rift Valley lake that are teaming with thriving cichlid populations. Mumbo Island Camp is an exclusive concession, guaranteeing privacy and offering guests the chance to rejuvenate and unwind in the surroundings of a true tropical island paradise.

 



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