Districts

Chikwawa

Chikwawa

Land Area (km²) / Rank 4,755 km² / 6th out of 28 districts
Population (2018) / Rank 564,684 / 14th out of 28 districts
Population Density / Rank 119 persons/km² / 20th out of 28 districts

Chikwawa is a district located in the Southern Region of Malawi on the west bank of the Shire River, and about 55km (30miles) south of Blantyre.

Chikwawa was the first town in Malawi to be seen by European explorers when David Livingstone’s Zambezi Expedition streamed up the Shire River in 1859.

The surrounding region was ravaged by Portuguese slave traders in the nineteenth century.

The area around Chikwawa is of interest mainly to bird watchers.

About 1km out of town, in September, a nesting colony of carmine bee-eaters can be reached by following the dirt road opposite the police station to the west bank of the Shire River.

On the M1, about 3km south of the turn-off to Chikwawa, the Kasinthula fish ponds are noted for waterbirds, particularly the large numbers of migrant waders which are attracted to the area between July and December.

Majete Wildlife Reserve, Lengwe National Park, and Elephant Marsh lie in the Chikwawa district.

Majete Wildlife ReserveMajete Wildlife Reserve (Entrance gate: early-18.00 daily; USD20 fo...
Lengwe National ParkLengwe National Park (Entrance gate: early-18.00 daily, USD10 for i...
Elephant MarshElephant Marsh Elephant Marsh is part of the floodplain of the Lowe...
  1. Chikwawa was the first town in Malawi to be seen by European explorers in 1859.
  2. The area around Chikwawa is of interest mainly to bird watchers.
  3. Chikwawa has Majete Wildlife Reserve, Lengwe National Park, and Elephant Marsh.

Getting there and away

Chikwawa is located on the west bank of the Shire River, and about 55km south of Blantyre at the junction of the M1. Regular minibuses run between Blantyre and Chikwawa.