Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve is a park in Southern Malawi. It is named for Mount Mulanje, which, at 3002m, is the highest mountain in southern central Africa.
Flora and fauna
It's highest peak, Sapitwa, can be reached without technical climbing experience, but does involve some tough and strenuous hiking. Ideally you should set aside a few days to explore a section of the Mulanje massiff, but a comprehensive exploration could easily take a week. Porters and guides can be hired at either InfoMulanje or the Likhubula Forestry Station.
The cost of guides and porters increased significantly on March 1, 2014 to $25 and $20 a day respectively.
The small non profit tour company Mount Mulanje Tours were great and well priced, nice to know the money you are spending is going to a good local cause. Their details are here www.mountmulanjetours.com
Patrick and Fanizo are not official registered guides, but they did a good job guiding us to the CCAP Hut and pools through some bad weather. Patrick 0882270655 Fanizo 0882739719 [email protected]
Likhubula Forestry Lodge - A delightful and inexpensive little cottage at the south-west base of the massiff. The facilities are comfortable and clean and the services of a cook are available (but bring your own supplies). The Forestry Lodge is an ideal base for short day trips to the waterfall (about 90 minutes hike) and Likhubula rock pools (about 10 minutes). A longer trip (3-5 hours ascent depending on the route) can be taken in good weather to Chambe Peak and Chambe hut. From here you can plan longer hikes (at least 2 days) to the Lichenya Plateau and hut, and eventually to Sapitwa.
CCAP Guest House
There are several huts on the massiff that provide basic bedding material and cooking facilities, but you need to bring your own supplies.