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View of Mulanje from Zomba Plateau

View of Mulanje from Zomba Plateau

Maggie Westrop

Zomba plateau forms part of the Shire highlands that run from the southern end of Lake Malombe down to Thyolo escapment east of the Shire river, the outlet of Lake Malawi. The plateau  forms the western horizon of Zomba town, the colonial capital of Malawi then  called Nyasand before its independence. The Zomba plateau is the second highest in Malawi after the Nyika plateau and is estimated at 2087 metres above mean sea level. The plateau is so unique in that it habours some plants  that are found nowhere in the world but in this plateau only.The plateau has a lot to offer like accommodation in the  Ku-Chawe Inn, horse riding, fishing is not allowed in the magnificant Mulunguzi dam which suplies water to the Zomba town through gravity, the famous Chingwe's Hole which is believed to have been connected to  the Shire river  over 20km down the plateau, the view of the Mulanje mountain-the highest mountaion in Central Africa, the view of Lake Chilwa with the Phalombe plain to the East and the Zomba town itself down the plateau. All these can be seen from the point called the Queen's View where  Queen Elizaberth the Queen Mother had a view of these, birds, primates and other animals can also easily be seen within the plateau. The list of interesting things  is endless. Visiting Malawi without having fun and discovering more at Zomba plateau is incomplete and can be regretable.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: Stanley David Chabvunguma

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