Malawi: Hiking - Walking
The warm heart of Africa
Malawi is perfect for hiking and walking. You will find magnificent mountain grassland hiking in Nyika, Zomba and Mulanje. There are plenty of fascinating and beautiful hikes and walks. Walks through all of the national parks and wildlife reserves are popular for game viewing but hiking is generally through the cooler, shady forests on the hills and plateau’s.
The Mulanje Massif offers the greatest choice and 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 cheaply.
Nyika Plateau is less rugged but walking is undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore this unique and wildlife-rich wilderness. There are marked trails for those prepared to hike and camp for a few days. They cover the varied peaks and valleys whilst offering chances to encounter the animals in the park close at hand. Guides are available and are advised.
Also in the north are the Viphya Highlands, which are covered in forests and provide fascinating trails, including those off the highlands and down the Rift Valley escarpment to the shores of Lake Malawi.
The serene forests, hills and streams of Zomba Plateau, and the views from it, offer another attraction for walkers.
Finally, a number of forestry reserves around the country provide pleasant walks through shady environments. Ntchisi Forest is easily accessed from Lilongwe and a wonderful tranquil retreat. The hills surrounding Blantyre are also popular for walks