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The Zomba Plateau
is a beautiful upland area of forest and farmland situated west of Zomba Town in southern Malawi
The town of Zomba was actually to be the capital of Malawi until the mid 1970's, when the government was relocated to Lilongwe
. It remains a vibrant place, with plenty of historic colonial architecture and some particularly interesting markets.
The substantial Zomba Plateau rises 1800 metres above the surrounding farmlands and has upper slopes covered in a mixture of high altitude forests and grasslands, dotted with waterfalls and lakes.
The area offers some interesting hiking, good birding and great views out over the surrounding country and down towards the distant Lake Malawi. There are also opportunities for rock-climbing, horse-riding, bird-watching and mountain-biking.
Although we do find both the town and plateau at Zomba quite interesting, we tend not to recommend it for inclusion in trips very often. For this type of experience we tend to more often head to the Mount Mulanje
The area can be easily accessed by road from the city of Blantyre in around 2 hours or from Lilongwe in around 3 hours.Zomba Forest Lodge
... is probably the best accommodation option in the area, although it is a relatively simple and quirky place.
The area is most commonly combined by road with other areas of Malawi including Central Malawi
, South Lake
, Mount Mulanje
and Majete and Lengwe