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 forest 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 the massif – Lichenya plateau.
Some 3 – 4 km upstreams from Likhubula Mission the river forms a spectacular waterfall. Here the stream slides down along a steep granite cliff. The 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. The air here is scented with the exotic odor of cedar – Mulanje cedar (Widdringtonia whytei), a conifer which grows only in these mountains.
Likhubula Falls on the map
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|Location, GPS coordinates:||15.9388 S 35.5206 E (mistake up to 500 m)|
|Where is located?||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|
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