Linguistics Association of SADC Universities Conference
Chancellor College

For those who may wish to turn their conference trip into a working vacation, there are a number of good tourist attractions within Zomba’s reach. Below we detail some which you may find interesting.

Zomba Plateau

Chancellor College is located in Malawi’s old capital, Zomba situated in what is now known as the Eastern Region of Malawi. Zomba is also home for University of Malawi’s Central Administrative Offices which are located on the slopes of the magnificent Zomba Plateau. The plateau itself is quite a lure to many adventurers.

There is a nice three star Sunbird KuChawe Inn on top of the plateau. For those who love hiking, there is always a hoard of hikers going up and down the mountain every day. Places to visit on the plateau include Mulunguzi Dam, “Emperor’s View” named after Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia who set foot on the mountain in 1964 and admired the valley below stretching all the way to Lake Chilwa some 80 km away and finally receding into a view of Mulanje Mountain some 130 km yonder.

Liwonde National Park

The Liwonde National Park is perhaps the most popular of all the parks in Malawi, and it is about an hour’s drive from Zomba. The park boasts game viewing along the River Shire on its Western border.

Wildlife includes elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. In addition Antelopes include kudu, sable and bushbuck; leopards, hyenas and lions can sometimes be spotted, as well as the Black rhino. For those who love to bird watch, there is an exceptional variation of our feathered friends.

Accommodation is decent for those who would like to stay the night in the Mvuu Lodge and it is also close to the Mvuu campsite.

Price: From $230


Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the pride and joy of the country. It hosts the Lake Malawi National Park, world’s first freshwater national park and a World Heritage Site. The Mangochi Lakeshore is about a two-hour drive north of Zomba. It includes the greatest concentration of lodges and hotels in the Southern lakeshore between Mangochi and Monkey Bay.

The accommodation is suited to taste: some include sophisticated gold course, private beaches and airstrip to more simple intimate accommodation.

Mulanje Mountain Hike

Mulanje Mountain offers some of Malawi’s most breath-taking views. The mountain is about a two-hours and thirty minutes’ drive South of Zomba, and has many fascinating myths and spiritual beliefs that are associated with it. These stories, for the most part, remain part of the local narrative.

There are nine huts on the mountain owned by the Forestry Department and maintained by the Mulanje Mountain Conversation Trust.

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