By Eutychus Yamikani
One can think of Mount Mulanje in almost the same way (travelmalawi.com) it is an isolated granite massif, covering over a thousand square kilometers.
From a distance, it’s hard to believe Mulanje is not a range of mountains; it seems long, rather than high.
Yet it is so tall that it creates its own climate, and is known to be unkind, even lethal to those who dare take the mountain for granted.
Located in the southern part of Malawi, overlooking the meandering Shire River, the summit, the highest in south-central Africa at 3000m,is called Sapitwa,which is said to mean “Don’t go there!” The warning challenges the determined climber.
Sapitwa does require experience, though often testing endurance rather than technique. The west face of Chambe peak is the real challenge, offering nearly 1700m of roped climbing and said to be the longest rock climb in Africa.
For authoritative advice on Mulanje, visit the website of the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust.