Districts

Chitipa

Chitipa

Land Area (km²) / Rank 4,288 km² / 7th out of 28 districts
Population (2018) / Rank 234,927 / 24th out of 28 districts
Population Density / Rank 55 persons/km² / 27th out of 28 districts

The most remote district in Malawi, Chitipa, formerly known as Fort Hill is the far northwest close to the tripartite border with Zambia and Tanzania.

The town has the border post between northern Malawi and northern Zambia, and it was an important overland route focus in the 1980s when the direct border between Malawi and Tanzania was closed owing to the former’s associations with the apartheid regime in South Africa.

The main attraction is Misuku Hills which offers one of Malawi’s most enchanting drives.

The scenic mountain passes and forests inhabited by monkeys and over 100 endemic species of birds are stunning.

It is also home to internationally recognised Mzuzu Coffee and Misuku Honey.

A number of different languages or dialects are spoken in the district.

  1. Chitipa is the most remote district in Malawi.
  2. The main attraction is Misuku Hills.
  3. It is home to internationally recognised Mzuzu Coffee and Misuku Honey.

Getting there and away

Chitipa lies 100km northwest of Karonga along the recently surfaced M26. AXA coaches depart Chitipa daily to Karonga and Mzuzu. Other minibuses ply back and forth to Karonga throughout the day. The Mwani border post for Zambia lies on the northern outskirts of Chitipa, and from there it is about 90km along a poor road definitely required 4×4 to the Tanzania/Zambia border. There is no public transport.