The scale of this truly magnificent mountain has to be seen to be appreciated. Its bare rock towers to almost 3000 metres dwarfing all that surrounds it. The mount lies to the east of Blantyre and is easily accessible.

The Massif was formed by the extrusion of magma into the earth's crust about 130 million years ago. The surrounding rock eroded away over time, leaving behind the erosion-resistant igneous rock of the Mulanje Massif. The first European to report seeing the Massif was David Livingstone in 1859, but archeological investigation reveals evidence of human visits to the Massif from the Stone Age onwards.

Attractions in Mount Mulanje

Once on the mountain, the vegetation changes with altitude and there is plenty of wildlife from the klipspringer, a tiny antelope, to various other small mammals and, of course, a variety of birds. The latter include buzzard, the black eagle and countless white-necked ravens.

Activities in Mount Mulanje

Visitors can drive round the foot of the massif in a day but even more exciting is to trek and camp on the mountains. There are choices between quite gentle walking and serious climbing. Arrangement can be made to hire camping equipment and the services of guides.

Fishing for trout is possible in the River Lichenya which drains the south-western slopes.


Relax by bird watching or enjoying the spectacular mountain views.

Getting Around

Get around by a Countrywide Car Hire four wheel drive or foot.