Sports & Recreation
Arrange visits to Emperor’s view, Queen’s View, Chingwe’s Hole, Williams Falls, Liwonde National Park — one of Malawi’s premier parks and finally to the former Capital city of Malawi — Zomba town.
Zomba Plateau Safari
This tour can be taken either in an eight seat jeep (three hours), by mountain bike (four hours) or on foot (full day). First pass through the trout farm, then the cascading Williams Waterfall followed by other scenic waterfalls.
On the way see wild orchids (December–March), lilies, proteas, aloes, gladioli, and the prehistoric cycads and riverside tree ferns.The views at Queen’s and Emperor’s View points are stunning on a clear day — one can see all the way to Mozambique. The rolling open grassland of the north contrasts sharply with the fine pine forests of the south and the western Chingale valley.
The tour ends at Chingwe’s Hole, a mysterious cavern falling vertically by the edge of the plateau and surrounded by legend and superstition.
Zomba Tour (two hours)
The first stop is the Memorial dedicated to the fallen of the Malawi battalions in the famed King’s African Rifles. Then travel on, between magnificent roadside lining of African mahogany trees (mbawa) and past many old historical buildings, built in distinctive colonial style, to the very colorful Zomba market.
From there travel on to the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College campus and then on to the beautiful, well-tended Botanical Gardens: the oldest and largest botanical gardens in the country, boasting both indigenous and exotic plants. A few metres away are the old Parliament buildings and the National Archives.
Potato Trail (one hour)
Leading down to Zomba town is the path used by villagers from the other side of the plateau when taking their potatoes for sale in Zomba town. Follow this trail and long the way, admire a huge variety of ground and epiphytic orchids (December–March, especially on seepage rocks), many of the satyrium, habenaria, disa and cynorkis families, you can find thiese to be accompanied by many butterflies and birds. A transfer up the mountain is easily arranged for a welcome tea back at the hotel.
Zomba plateau is perfect for exploration on foot. Our walking safaris are escorted by experienced guides and offer fine leisure opportunities to our visitors.
Liwonde National Park Safari (Full Day — Dry Season)
This Park runs along the Shire River — the only river to drain enormous Lake Malawi. In the dry season when the elephant, hippo, crocodile and many antelope such as sable, waterbuck and impala, stay close to the only water supply, riverside game viewing is a terrific experience. Bird life here is prolific. More than 400 species of birds have been spotted along the river bank.
Nawimbe Peak (one hour)
A 45 minute walk from the hotel provides some of the best panoramas from Zomba Mountain. Photographers have the best views not only of Zomba but of the Mulanje Massif and the Phalombe Plains — more than 100kms away.