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Mulanje Massif - Malawi's Island in The Sky

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

'Wow!, the Views!' we often hear our clients exclaim everytime we hike Mount Mulanje with them. Indeed this is one of the highlights on the mountain, hiking on the Skyline Path as you admire the beauty of the valley and the underlying plains.


Views of the Likhubula Valley from Skyline Path


The Mountain offers a range of activities for all. Day hikes all the way up to the famous Grand Traverse that takes a week to complete. The terrain is mostly rocky and easy going if you have a shoe with a good grip. The best time to hike its from April to November as this is usually dry. September, October and November are hottest months to hike, while April to August is best.


Five indigenous vegetation types occur on Mulanje, namely miombo woodland, lowland forest, Afromontane/Widdringtonia (endemic Malawi cedar) forest, plateau grassland and the high altitude vegetation of the peaks (Chapman 1962). As of 2021, the Mulanje Cedar was under threat of extinction. Illegal logging and charcoal making has seen Malawi's National Tree depleted at an alarming rate.


Lichenya Hut


There are are 10 huts on Mount Mulanje. These are basic huts with drop toilets and open bathrooms. They have lovely fireplaces for the cold evenings and cooking. Visitors sleep on the wooden floors using own sleeping bags although there is a storeroom with mattresses and this is controlled by Mountain Club of Malawi. Only members have access.


In cold months, ice can be found on the highest peak (Sapitwa). If you want to visit mount Mulanje one day, why not get in touch with us and we will gladly arrange an adventure for you.

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