Districts

Chiradzulu

Chiradzulu

Land Area (km²) / Rank 767 km² / 27th out of 28 districts
Population (2018) / Rank 356,875 / 20th out of 28 districts
Population Density / Rank 465 persons/km² / 3rd out of 28 districts

Chiradzulu lies at the Chiradzulu Mountain’s eastern base about 20km from Limbe. The mountain is one of the main attractions in Chiladzulu and it can be visited as a day trip from Blantyre.

“Chiradzulu” was named by a corruption of two Nyanja words, “mchira (means a tail)” and “wadzulo (means yesterday’s)”, and Chiradzulu means “Yesterday’s Tail”. It came from an old myth about the men who vanished into the jungle to collect the leopard’s tail they had forgotten to carry home with them after the previous day’s hunting expedition.

The Chiradzulu area has played a prominent role in Malawian history.

It was near the base of the mountain that Livingstone helped Bishop Mackenzie found the Church of Scotland’s short-lived Magomero Mission in 1861.

The largest farm in the Chiradzulu area was later bought by one Mr Bruce, a stepson of Livingstone, and was managed by another member of the clan, Willian Livingstone – who would be decapitated in front of his family during the 1915 rebellion initiated by Chiradzulu’s most famous son, the Reverend John Chilembwe.

The Providential Industrial Mission founded by Chilembwe was forced to close after the above-mentioned incident, but it reopened ten years later, and it remains an active mission with several points of historical interest. It lies near Mbombwe trading centre, 5km east of the Limbe-Chiradzulu road, along a signposted dirt road starting close to Chiradzulu Secondary School.

Today, John Chilembwe is celebrated as a hero of independence, and John Chilembwe Day is observed annually on January 15 in Malawi.

  1. Chiradzulu Mountain is one of the main attractions in Chiladzulu and it can be visited as a day trip from Blantyre.
  2. The name of “Chiradzulu” came from an old myth and it means “Yesterday’s Tail”.
  3. John Chilembwe, Chiradzulu’s most famous son, is celebrated as a hero of independence, and John Chilembwe Day is observed annually on January 15 in Malawi.

Famous Person from Chiradzulu

John Chilembwe (National Hero that fought against colonialism)

John ChilembweJohn Chilembwe National Hero that fought against colonialism ...

Getting there and away

Regular minibuses run from Limbe to Chiradzulu. To get there in your own vehicle, follow the M3 towards Zomba for about 4km, and then branch left onto the tarred S146. The (unsignposted) turn-off to Chiradzulu Forest Reserve lies a few kilometres before the town, about 1km south of a dam immediately west of the S146, and you reach the forest edge after 4km.