• Region:
    South Malawi
  • Attraction Type:
    Scenic

ZOMBA PLATEAU is unique. A slab of a mountain over 6000ft (1800m), it has vast tracts of cedar, pine, and cypress but elsewhere the vegetation is wild and mixed. Streams crisscross the plateau top, and there are tumbling waterfalls and still lakes. There are drivable tracks right around the head from which are views of such splendor.  , there is always something to see whether walking or driving. Wildlife includes leopards, although sightings are rare. More evidence is giant butterflies and, on the lower slopes, baboons. Birdlife includes the long-crested eagle and the augur buzzard.

Accommodation on the plateau comprises a luxury hotel, the famous Sunbird Ku Chawe, set at the very end of the mountain; and a large camping site. Nearby the cozy Zomba Forest Lodge offers an alternative ‘off the grid’ stay. Fly-fishing for trout is possible in the season, and horse riding is possible.

Ku Chawe Inn

Ku Chawe allows visitors the chance to unwind and soak in the relaxing atmosphere of the Zomba plateau. The old colonial city of Zomba is a thirty-minute drive down the mountain. Only 1.5 hours from Blantyre, Ku Chawe Inn is a good stop for people flying in or out of the area.

Snuggled on top of the Zomba plateau, 900 meters above the town of Zomba, right on the edge of the plateau, in a quiet forest reserve renowned for its temperature climate and natural splendor is Ku Chawe Inn. It offers visitors the chance to relax and soak in the relaxing environment of this unique destination. Surrounded by the landscape, this hotel holds spectacular views, which on clear days extend all the way near the Shire Highlands and Mount Mulanje. Each room attractively furnished with en-suite bathrooms, satellite television, and log fires to complement the cozy atmosphere of the Inn.

Activities at Ku Chawe Inn

Ku Chawe is a landmark hotel located to experience the views transversely to Mount Mulanje in the South and down to the old colonial Capital of Zomba below. Within an easy walking distance of clear running streams, mountain walks, forest, dams, and a trout farm. The old colonial city of Zomba is a 30-minute drive down the mountain. About 110 km south of Mvuu and only 1.5 hours from Blantyre Ku Chawe Inn is a stop for people flying in or out of Malawi through Blantyre. It mixes wonderfully with the lake and Mvuu as guests get three vastly different experiences all within easy traveling time. As well as interviews with the town of Zomba, walks, horse riding,  and birding. If the road is in great shape, there is a beautiful circular drive throughout the top of the mountain which endures in forest patches and montane grassland,  to some spectacular viewpoints. The famous of which is Chingwe’s Hole where the western edge of the plateau falls away.

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