Zomba was formerly the capital city of Malawi and still exhibits the opulence of the colonial structures that still survive the onslaught commenced by the modern structures. A stroll down town or out of the main centre of town indicates how rich Zomba is in terms of historical structures. It was recently upgraded to City and few developments are taking place in order to give a new face to the once abandoned town. Among the notable old buildings in the city are the then Parliament building which now houses the High Court and the Government Press.
Well, my trip around Zomba city took me to another level when I met some two young guys who had some knowledge of tourist attraction centres in the city. Unfortunately, they had rich information to share about the beauty that makes Zomba a city to remember but, they lacked the resources to enjoy the beauty that lied within their own city. I finally took the road that led me to Sunbird Kuchawe up the mountain. I was in the company of my two friends from South Africa, One from US and Uganda respectively. The tranquillity that greeted us as we pushed our Hardbody was enough to anticipate the good things ahead of us.
I must admit my love for the mountain started right at the dam which is some few kilometres away from Sunbird Kuchawe. The Dam is a magnificent place for a stop-over. We proceeded on the meandering road up the mountain to our last destination.
Perched on the edge of the 900 metre high Zomba plateau, Sunbird Kuchawe exposes the prowess that conquers the hearts of tourists on the tranquil forest reserve. The warm welcome from hotel staff, cool air, morning mist, freshness magnificent views, superb breakfast and nice beds characterize the beauty of the hotel. Some of the activities available are horseback riding, mountain and garden views just to mention a few. Sitting on the balcony through the green gardens around the premises is a plus on every tourist’s diary entry as entertainment refuses to die in the midst of welcome adventures from monkeys in the nearby trees.
The room setup brings the romantic feeling that captures the hearts of many tourists to call Malawi their second home. The hotel also has nice en-suite bathrooms with shower, phone service, DStv and a wonderful setup of a fireplace. The beauty up there is further complimented with view of Lake Chirwa emanating from the distance and the small waterfalls and rapids that weave attractively down to the Mulunguzi river further down on the southeastern part.
Mode of transport is through taxis but it is recommended to have your own vehicle. Air transport is only available between Malawi’s major cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Karonga. It takes only one and half hours to drive from Chileka Airport in Blantyre to Sunbird Kuchawe and four to five hours from Lilongwe. I will not forget the warm heart of the people of Malawi and the hospitality at the Hotel. Coming back is another entry in my diary. Zikomo Malawi!
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