Generally done in the cool, shady forests on the hills and plateau in the morning to afternoon. 

Places where hiking is offered:-


Mount Mulanje

This is Malawi’s very own ‘mountain in the sky’, there is a large area that can be covered on foot and Mulanje Mountain has a network of huts for intrepid explorers to stay in. Marked paths offer a variety of routes and guides and/or porters can be hired which are always available at the foot of the mountain.

Nyika Plateau

Though less rugged, but walking at Nyika Plateau is undeniably one of the best ways to explore this unique and wildlife-rich wilderness. There are marked trails for those ready to hike and camp for a few days. They cover the various peaks and valleys whilst offering chances to encounter the animals in the park close at hand.

Zomba Plateau

Its serene forests, hills and streams as well as the views from it, offer another attraction for walkers. Unlike other places, there are roads up to the plateau, and the unique features are that, the terrain is generally softer and gentler, with fewer and lower peaks. It’s an excellent place for rambling and hiking, with a number of easily followed roads and trails. The plateau contains pine plantations as well as rolling grassland, montane forest, scrub and woodland.


The area around Dedza town, which lies between Lilongwe and Blantyre, contains several forest reserves which are well worth exploring, including Dedza Mountain, Chongoni and Mua-Livulezi. The main peak is Nkhoma Mountain (1,784m) which lies to the east of the main Lilongwe-Dedza road. The highland climate makes the area particularly pleasant in the hot season.

Dzalanyama and Ntchisi

Dzalanyama and Ntchisi are the forest reserves that also provide pleasant walks through shady environments, usually with excellent birdlife.

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