Mount Milanji in Nyassaland

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    HIDDEN in the recesses of one of the recently issued Parliamentary Papers (Africa, No. 5, 1892) will be found a very interesting report on the mountain and district of Milanji, in British Central Africa, by Mr. Alexander Whyte, F.Z.S., one of Mr. Commissioner Johnston's principal assistants in the task of ruling and developing the new British Protectorate of Nyassaland. Mr. Whyte was sent to Milanji by Mr. Johnston in October last, and dates his report from the “Residency, Zomba, British Central Africa,” in the month following. Milanji is a large mountain mass in the extreme south-east corner of Nyassaland, drained on the west by the head waters of the Ruo, one of the affluents of the Shiré, and on the east by the Lukuga and other smaller streams, which run into the Indian Ocean north of the Zambesi. It is described by Mr. Whyte as an isolated range of, for the most part, precipitous mountains, the main mass forming a huge natural fortress of weather-worn precipices or very steep rocky ascents, sparsely clothed with vegetation. Many of its gullies and ravines are well wooded, and in some of them fine samples of grand African virgin forest are met with. Mr. Whyte's ascent, on the 20th of October, was made up the south-east face of Milanji, over steep grassy hills and across rocky streams, full of large water-worn granite boulders. Further on precipices were encountered, and it was necessary to clamber up, holding on by tufts of grass, roots, and scrub, after which a wooded gorge was entered, and welcome shade was obtained from the forest trees.

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    Mount Milanji in Nyassaland. Nature 46, 482 (1892) doi:10.1038/046482a0

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