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Likhubula Falls

Likhubula Falls, Malawi
Likhubula Falls / fffriendly, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 15.9388 S 35.5206 E (mistake up to 500 m)
No:419        (list of all attractions)
Values:Geology, Visual
Address:Africa, Malawi, Mulanje district, western slope of Mulanje Massif, near Likhubula Mission
Alternate names:Likabula Falls, Dziwelankhalamba falls, Dziwe la Nkhalamba waterfall
Height:12 - 15 m

Western slopes of Mulanje Massif receive abundant rain showers and here have formed several spectacular waterfalls, including the powerful Likhubula Falls on Likhubula stream.

Mulanje Massif is spectacular granite mountains which rise up to 3,003 m high. Western slopes of these mountains receive abundant rain showers and as a result here have evolved lush tropical forests with many unique species and powerful streams rushing down the cliffs.

Likhubula is one of the largest streams which flows between the somewhat separately standing Champe peak and the main part of massif - Lichenya plateau.

Some 3 - 4 km upstreams from Likhubula Mission the river forms a spectacular waterfall. Here the stream slides down along steep granite cliff. Waterfall is some 12 - 15 m tall and it falls into a large pool. This pool (called Old Man's Pool) is reportedly 60 m deep and locals tell some ghastly legends about it.

Water in falls and pool is really cold - what serves as a warrant that here do not live any vermins. Air here is scented with the exotic odor of cedar - Mulanje cedar (Widdringtonia whytei), a conifer which grows only in these mountains.


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  1. Kalandula Falls, World Waterfall Database. Accessed in 08.07.2013.

Landmarks of Malawi

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Cape McLear at Malawi Lake / Joachim Huber, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Malawi is a true epitome of Africa. Harsh history (the 19th century was just terrible), beautiful and varied scenery, very poor and at the same time very welcoming and kind people - this is Africa and this is Malawi.

Waterfalls and rapids

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Iguazu Falls from air. Brazil to the right, Argentina - to the left / Gorkaazk, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

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