December 7, 1937. Mlanje Mountains, Nyasaland: The Lichenya Plateau. Some half dozen European cottages lie scattered over this grassy area and at least one can be seen in the photograph. The 'crater' lies at the lower right. This is a deep cleft formed by erosion, with walls rising vertically to a height of more than 3000 feet. The floor supports a dense forest vegetation. Note the sharpness of the western flank of the plateau as indicated by the shadow cast on the adjacent plain. 16700 feet. 07:00.