Chagwa Dam Trail
ElevationAscent: 882' 269 m
Descent: -62' -19 m
High: 5,633' 1,717 m
Low: 4,754' 1,449 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
“Trail moves across the Mulunguzi Dam up toward Chagwa Dam with incredible views of Zomba on the way.”— Joshua Hutchens
Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers
Need to Know
The trail is narrow, and during or after rainy season the underbrush can be quite overgrown in spots. The climb is steep, beginning at around 0.75 miles.
At about 1.25 miles, you'll reach an outcropping of rocks with a breathtaking view of the Mulunguzi Reservoir and Zomba. This beautiful spot is an appropriate climax to this run.
If you do desire to press on to Chagwa Dam, the trail ends at the service road to Chagwa Dam. Turn right on the road and you'll find the dam after a few hundred meters.
If you want to press on to Queen's View and Emperor's View then turn left on the road on the far side of Chagwa Dam.