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The Zomba Plateau is a highland region located in central southern Malawi, near to the historic former colonial capital of Zomba.

The plateau is actually a large flat mountaintop, which is criss-crossed by streams, tumbling waterfalls and still lakes.  At 1,800 metres high, Zomba has a unique high altitude tropical micro-climate and the views from the top are magnificent, once described as 'the best in the British Empire'. Wildlife here includes leopard, although sightings are rare.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: augur buzzard, leopard, long-crested eagle, mountain wagtail, Bertram’s weaver
  • Where: Zomba District, Malawi