Mount Mulanje is about 3000 metres high, and you walk up about 2000 m pretty easily. We hired a local "guide" who was just some bloke who knew the way, but that saved us getting lost and it’s important to give the locals as much work as you can - Malawi is a poor country. From Luchenza, we drove along the M2 and parked at the foot of mountain near Mulanje town. There are no gates or fees to pay, even though the massif is on a forest reserve. If you are into hard-core climbing and want to summit, you'll need to be prepared, but we stopped at a lovely waterfall and pool for a dip - warning - freezing cold!