After a few weeks on the beautiful Lake Malawi, we were excited to lace up our boots and be walking again. From Cape Maclear we made our way to Zomba and after a delicious cup of coffee at The African Heritage Cafe and some food shopping in town, we found a taxi to take us up to the plateau.
There are loads of trails on the plateau with many marked on maps.me so we decided not to take a guide. We took a short late afternoon stroll through the pine forest and the next day we walked past Williams Falls and onto the Queen’s and Emperor’s viewpoints.
The Queen Mother visited in 1957 and Emperor Hailselassie in 1965 and both have little benches and commerative signs. The morning had started bright and clear but by the time we reached the viewpoints the clouds had rolled in. We decided to sit and wait it out and thankfully the clouds lifted and we enjoyed views of Zomba town and various peaks stretching as far as the Mulanje Mountains (whose outlines we could see in the haze and where we were headed next).
The walking is very accessible and there is no need for a guide although it might be nice to have one for a longer walk.
There are no national park fees and the campsite was only MkW3,000/person ($4).
We hired a taxi in town for MkW5,000 ($7) and walked back down to Cassa Rosa.