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Soche Forest Reserve

Soche Forest Reserve was established in 1922, and covers 388 hectares.Mount Soche is a mountain near Blantyre, Malawi.  Soche Forest Reserve is next to Soche Hill and is located in Blantyre District, Southern Region, Malawi. Soche Forest Reserve has a length of 8.67 kilometres.

Soche Mountain is situated right on the edge of the city of Blantyre and is one of several isolated peaks that form part of the Shire Highlands on the eastern side of the Rift Valley in southern Malawi. It rises to a height of 1,533 m and supported some 150 ha of mid-altitude rainforest in the early 1980s; the Brachystegia woodland on the lower slopes provided a buffer zone against human pressure, but the south-east slopes (both woodland and forest) have been laid bare. The 30-m-tall forest on the ridge is fairly luxuriant and still largely intact.

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