By coincidence really, I met two other guest students, Julianna and Felicia. They are both from London (although Felicia is swedish originally), they will be here for a few months as well, and they're staying in a house very close to mine! I suggested to them that we explore some of the surroundings together, and early this saturday we started with 'the Zomba Plateau'.
Zomba mountain is the blue, hazy backdrop of Zomba town, rising more than 2000 meters above sea level, and 1000 meters above the town and the surroundings. The steep hike took us almost three hours, and when we finally made it up there we treated ourselves with a coffee on the patio of the luxurious Ku Chawe Inn (accommodation prices way out of our range). In the afternoon, we paid a guide to show us the best spots of the plateau, walking another 3,5 hours in the blazing sun. The elevation, however, makes the temperature really manageable.
Waterfalls, baboons, birds and loads of pretty, huge, colorful butterflies where the highlights, along with some nice views of my new home town. Unfortunately, the haze was so thick that we could not se Mt Mulanje, with it's 3000 meters (!!) in the distant south. All in all a great day in great company. And I'm now looking forward to visit Mangochi, Cape McClear, Liwonde, Mulanje, Majete... sooo many places!
Felicia and Julianna next to Williams Falls.
The Emperors view, named after the visit of Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia.
View of Zomba town
The Mulunguzi Dam, from where our drinking waters comes.
Southern region water board notice.
Julianna challenging the locals in chess.