Thyolo Forest Reserve

Thyolo Tea Plantation

Travel to Thyolo Forest Reserve – Walkers and Bird Watchers Haven

30 kilometres south of Blantyre is Thyolo Mountain Forest Reserve, an excellent birdwatching venue and home to the Thyolo alethe, an endangered ground bird confined to a few submontane forests in Malawi and Mozambique. The reserve conserves the largest remaining patch of lowland rainforest and the mountain is dominated by tea plantations.

Thyolo Forest Reserve and Thyolo Montain are great places for keen walkers and birdwatchers to visit.  Tea has been grown here since 1908.

Bird species include the rare Natal thrush and bronze-naped pigeon as well as the vibrantly coloured green-headed oriole. Thyolo alethe, green barbet oriole, monkeys (blue and vervet), bushbuck, and duiker are also present in the reserve. Besides birdwatching and walking, you can tour some of the estates and see the work of tea plantations.

Relax in one of the lodges near the tea plantations or by bird watching and taking in the spectacular scenery.

  • Thyolo Forest Reserve offers a haven for walkers and birdwatchers.
  • Witness rare bird species in the reserve.
  • See the tea plantations that have been here for years.


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