Camping on Malawi’s Zomba Plateau with Zeb the Duck

I, Zeb the Duck, and the humans spent the night in a tent on the Zomba Plateau.   According to Bradt’s Malawi guidebook, the plateau is an isolated syenite protrusion that extends over 130 square kilometers and reaches an altitude of 2,087 meters.   That is about 6,500 feet above sea level.   This is where I slept.

Our tent

Our tent

This tent held 2 human ladies and one duck.    This is more of our campground.

Nice campgrounds

Nice campgrounds

Much of the Zomba Plateau is protected in Malawi’s oldest forest reserve which supports significant patches of indigenous riverine and montane forest, as well as areas of tangled scrub and Brachystegia woodland.   Shortly after arriving at our campgrounds, we took a hike.

Let's go for a hike

Going for a hike

I really liked the thick vegetation near this stream.

By the river

By the river

We hike past a stand with many wood carvings.   Look at these huge carvings.

Love the masks

Love the masks

This store has a big variety of items.

Some of everything here

Some of everything here

This stand belongs to our hiking guide.   I love these tables and the wooden cars behind the tables.

Great tables and cars

Great tables and cars.   Great elephant.

Our guide tells us about the carvings, but there is no hard sell tactics.   We like our guide.   These trees are a little different than we usually see, and the sky is so blue and bright today.

Beautiful blue sky

Beautiful blue sky

Remember that the Zomba Plateau is almost 6,500 feet or 2,987 meters above sea level, so we had many great views from the top.

View from the top

View from the top

This dam was completed in 1999 forming this pretty reservoir.

Dam and reservoir

Dam and reservoir

The waterfall was a short distance from the main path, but it is beautiful and looks so clear and clean.

Pretty waterfall

Pretty waterfall

Remember that we are in the tropics, between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, but it got cold at night.   Our guides built a fire.   We all took our chairs and ate a delicious dinner sitting around the fire.   We could even see our breath.   In the morning, after breakfast and a little time for wandering around the area, we headed down the road, back to Zomba.

Heading down toward town

Heading down toward town

We liked the Zomba Plateau.   It was so pretty, but a little colder at night than I expected.   I think you will like what we see next time, so don’t miss our next post.

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