Search & Rescue
Mulanje is the only mountain area in Malawi with a search and rescue plan and a stand-by rescue team. Calling on this service should be a last resort, and you should be aware that there could be a considerable cost involved as it is not a free service. If you are a MCM member, you should consult a club committee member for advice if you think that a search might be required.
“Be prepared”! Take a kit of useful items up the mountain such as whistles, flares, matches, fireworks, etc. If you are alone or unable to move, ensure that you are as easy as possible to find – spread out items for easy sighting, fly a bright colourful ‘flag’ and call out or make a noise on a regular basis.
There is a stretcher at every mountain hut – ask the watchman where it is. There is also a first aid kit and basic manual (Where There is No Doctor) in the stores at every hut. Immediate stabilisation support is available at the Mulanje Mission Hospital, 3km off the main road near Mulanje town. The Doctor can be contacted at the office – 01 467 044 – and at home – 01 467 095.
In the event of a search and rescue requirement, first inform:
District Forestry Officer (DFO) at the Department of Forestry offices at Likhubula Valley – 0888 547926
If the phone is not working, send a message for the DFO via:
Likhubula Forest Lodge – 01 467737
CCAP Likhubula House – 01 467762
Also inform at least one of the following:
Your key keeper or an MCM committee member (see the Contacts page)
The Officer in Charge at Mulanje Police Station – 01 4663 33
Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust – 01 466 282