Lilongwe

Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city, is the largest city in the country with an estimated population of 1,077,116. It is named after the Lilongwe River.

Lilongwe is a fairly young capital city having only gained capital status in 1975, a role previously filled by Zomba. It owes its status to Dr Hastings Banda, the country’s first president. Lilongwe is divided into a New and Old City. The Old Town is distinct and separate from the New. The modern shops of the City are contrasted by the street and walled markets of Old Town.

Residential areas are numbered from 1 to 50, instead of having names (This takes some getting used to). Lower numbers are located around the Old Town, higher numbers are usually found near the City Center.

Lilongwe’s economy is dominated by the government and public institutions. Finance, banking, retail trade, construction, transport, public administration, tourism, and tobacco manufacturing are the main economic activities in the city.

Tobacco Auction Floors

Tobacco plays an integral part of life in Malawi and a visit to the tobacco auction floors is a great way to see this industry at work. The Auction Holdings warehouse is located approximately 7km north of the city centre, east of the main road towards Kasungu and Mzuzu. The auction season is April/May to September.

Main Market

Lilongwe Main Market is located near the bus station in Old Town. The market is a vibrant pocket of chaotic energy, were food vendors, traders and market stalls cram into a small area. It is a great place to pick up fresh produce, locally handcrafted souvenirs and even counterfeit CD’s.

Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre

Set inside the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary is the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, a new and exciting ‘people and wildlife’ wild animal rescue and rehabilitation facility. The Wildlife Centre also serves as an education centre aiming to teach visitors about the rich diversity of Malawi’s animals.

Kamuzu Mausoleum

The mausoleum was opened in 2006, it is the final resting place of Malawi’s first president, Hastings Kamuzu Banda. The marble and granite mausoleum is situated in Heroes Acre. The mausoleum also houses a library and research centre.

Lilongwe Golf Club

If you are golfer travelling Malawi, you’d be wise to visit Lilongwe Golf Club – it is the countries only 18-hole course and home to the TNM Malawi Open. If you fancy a round during your travels this is your best bet. The par 72 course dates back to 1930, it is 6,225 metres. 

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