Hiking Mulanje in Central Africa
Hiking Mulanje in Central Africa. A trekking- hiking on Mulanje Mountain, Malawi.
It is called magic mountain and island in the sky. It seems that J. R.R. Tolkien began writing about the fantastic world of the Middle-Earth described in The Hobbit, soon after a long journey in Malawi which included Mount Mulanje and its magical atmosphere.
We do not find it hard to believe. Mulanje is a place of inspiration, where you can feel the uniqueness of this land. Maybe it is because of the many legends that inhabit the oral traditions of mysterious spirits, including Napolo, the creator of wind and storms. Maybe because of its unique location that places it in the world network as a Biosphere Reserve. Maybe because of its slopes, covered with kilometers of tea hills that make the scene even more dreamy.
The hike starts from Africa Wild Truck eco camp and lodge, at an altitude of 650 meters, where there are spectacularly huge and rolling hills covered by green tea mantle. Walking among the plantation areas we meet the workers of the tea. In front, majestic, massive Mulanje. It climbs on the plateau, and spend a few days at an altitude of 2000 meters. Go down the opposite side of the mountain, after the crossing the Mountain from East to West. A hiking trek in Africa dedicated to mountain lovers and to all those who want to try a trip on foot, slowly.
Exploring the island in the sky: a challenge between waterfalls, peaks and clouds to reach Sapitwa at 3,002 meters, on the summit of Southern Africa, in the heart of Malawi.
from 3-4 days to reach Sapitwa to 10 days. Possibility of extensions on the beautiful beaches of Lake Malawi.
MEANS OF TRANSPORT
The only distances covered by jeep will be those to reach Africa Wild Truck headquarters, from and to the airport of Blantyre. We will walk in contact with nature, on the highest mountain in southern Africa, passing through the huts of the plateau. A travel that still today is similar to the one made by David Livingstone.
Professional guides that works with AfricaWildTruck have been selected in the field during our trekking hiking expeditions on Mulanje Mountain. they stand out for their vey high preparation, experience and reliability. They are listed among the official guides from Malawi Tourism Board. They are local guides we have chosen with attention following an idea of travel sustainability and social commitment, to guarantee deeper experiences to the traveler giving benefits to the local communities. Africa Wild Truck use only services from guides and porters certified and authorized by malawi Government. A porter (advisable) can carry a maximum of 18 kg.
ACCOMMODATIONS Hiking Mulanje in Central Africa
In Mulanje, at the base of the mountain, we’ll spend the nights in a pleasant setting of Africa Wild Truck eco lodge and camp, in the area of the Ruo river in lodge. The nights on the mountain will be spent in simple and basic mountain huts, equipped with water and firewood, no electricity. Equipped with mattresses on the floor and with a simple and traditional “bucket shower”, a hot shower with a bucket. A hiking trek as 100 years ago, when they were built. There is a magical atmosphere around the fire. The shelters, apart CCAP Hut, are managed by the Malawian Government with a watchman who provides the fire and hot shower. If you want something special, you can sleep in a tent. We will do everything to satisfy your requests when booking with us. The mountain equipment (mats, tents and field kitchen) will be always available for your requests (before departure, just inform us!)
PERIOD Temperatures widely depend on season, altitudes and latitudes. Here by side (download the .pdf) an indicative table of the average temperatures in the different seasons. The hottest month is November, the coolest June/July. The dry season runs from April/May to November/December, period that we suggest for trekking expeditions. The rainy season usually runs from December to March/April. Contact us to have further information about the current season, not all years are the same!
ROADS On the mountain excursion difficulty ranges from moderate (T2) and possible for middle-level walkers since it is at a moderate altitude and on good paths with some demanding rises and slopes (T3) for walkers quite trained and on rugged paths/ground.
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