Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
Zomba Plateau and environs.

Select Area...
Blasphemous Dam wall, The 
Chinamwali Hill 
Mt. Ntonya 
Sphinx Buttress, The 

Zomba Plateau and environs. Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: -15.3266, 35.354 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 930
Administrator: Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: John Bradford on Jun 30, 2013
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]


Zomba Plateau is unique. A mountain rising to 6000ft (1800m), it has large tracts of cedar, pine and cypress. The plateau top is criss-crossed by streams and there are waterfalls and lakes. There are driveable tracks around the top from which the views are spectacular. Motorcycle is the best way to get around. The town of Zomba at the base is one of the nicest in Malawi, and there are several quality lodges and hotels. Dining options are better than most places too. The attraction here is both the setting and the climbing. Most everything described is done on a toprope. Bolted routes are non existent. Hardware gets stolen...and you can expect crowds watching you almost anywhere.

Getting There 

Getting there is fairly simple with either public transport or by car. The road up the plateau is the same road with a sign indicating Kuchawe Inn, the road is narrow, filled with curves, steep and with occasional bridge crossings. Travelling up or down the Plateau whether by foot or vehicle should be carried out very carefully especially during the rainy season. Getting to Zomba can be done by bus from either LLW ot BLT. Fruit vendors line the roadside.

Climbing Season

For the Africa area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Zomba Plateau and environs.

Blank Slate 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Africa : Malawi : ... : Chinamwali Hill
A fun start over a smooth beginning and finishes to the right. Right of this is a slightly easier direct start and further right is another harder start. I liked this last option best. Rock can be very hot in the sun....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Comments on Zomba Plateau and environs. Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!