Exploring the Cities of Malawi

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Malawi is one of Africa’s smallest countries and its greatest attraction, Lake Malawi, makes up about 20% of the entire country. Apart from its natural wonder, visitors on a Malawi vacation can explore its cities and local lifestyles.

Malawi consists of 4 major cities, each possessing its own character and unique ambience that flows through the streets in forms of culture and is displayed on a background of natural settings. On a safari in Malawi, explore the country’s rich historical background that is evident in the older architecture and satisfy your appetite with one of the traditional Malawi dishes.


Malawi's capital city, Lilongwe, has sound infrastructure and transport systems including the Lilongwe (or Kamuza) International Airport. This city in Malawi is divided into two regions - New City and Old City. New City has hotels, embassies and offices while the Old City has more leisurely attractions like cafes, restaurants and markets.

When in Lilongwe, Malawi, trying out the local cuisine is a memorable experience. Nsima, a local dish made from ground corn, can be served with a side of meat or vegetables and can be enjoyed throughout the day. Lake Malawi is the source of delicious seafood including the popular chambo which is a bream-like fish. Tea is a Malawian specialty and can be enjoyed with


Access Blantyre via the Chileka Airport and be prepared for an African vacation with historical and cultural sightseeing. The oldest city in Malawi is home to exceptional architecture such as the Chichiri Museum, Mandala House and St Michaels and All Angels Church as well as natural wonder in the Michuiru Nature Sanctuary.

Rich in historical significance, the city was named after the birthplace of Dr David Livingstone. Its reliable transport systems make this city in Malawi a great centre for trade and with road, rail and air links, travelling around Malawi is made easy from Blantyre.


Centred at the heart of northern Malawi, this farmland is surrounded by Africa's largest man-made forest - the Viphya Forest. The city's agriculture sector produces coffee, honey, milk, fruit and timber.

The Mzuzu University brings large numbers of commuters into the city, which is the third largest city in Malawi. Recreational visitors should visit the calm waters of Lake Malawi where water sports are a must. Also a popular tourist attraction is the Nyika National Park where you can partake in trekking, mountain biking, 4x4 adventures and horse riding.


Zomba in Malawi is located in the Shire Highlands of southern Malawi. Adorned by British colonial influences which can be seen in the architecture, Zomba was the first capital city of Malawi.

During your Malawi vacation in Zomba, be sure to visit the King African Rifles war memorial, the Zomba Botanical Gardens and Chingwe's Hole which is a bottomless pit on the Zomba Plateau. The Zomba Plateau is a highlight of a stay in Zomba, Malawi, and boasts spectacular views over the city.

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