|Land Area (km²) / Rank||3,624 km² / 11th out of 28 districts|
|Population (2018) / Rank||830,512 / 7th out of 28 districts|
|Population Density / Rank||229 persons/km² / 10th out of 28 districts|
Dedza is a neat and relaxed district, situated 85km southeast of Lilongwe, 230km north of Blantyre, and not much further from the border with Mozambique.
It is one of the highest and coolest places in Malawi, set at an altitude of 1,590m (5,200ft) in a beautiful landscape of forests and highlands, with the tree-covered Dedza Mountain rising up immediately behind the town.
The district holds a lot of tourist attractions for walkers, birdwatchers and other outdoor enthusiasts. But it is especially noteworthy for its wealth of archaeological and cultural sites.
The Chongoni Rock Art Area is one of two UNESCO World Heritage Site in Malawi (The other one is the Lake Malawi National Park at Mangochi).
Dedza Pottery is famous for its coffee shop selling delicious cakes and ceramics from mugs and plates to table lamps and tiles. It also provides accommodation.
The Kungoni Centre of Culture and Arts at Mua Mission has a museum that displays the cultural heritage of the tribes of central Malawi. It also offers a wood carving school and accommodation.
- The Chongoni Rock Art Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Dedza Pottery is famous for its coffee shop selling delicious cakes and ceramics.
- The Kungoni Centre of Culture and Arts at Mua Mission has a museum that displays the cultural heritage of the tribes of central Malawi.
Getting there and Away
Dedza lies about 85km southeast of Lilongwe along the surfaced M1. This is the most direct route between Lilongwe and Blantyre, so it carries a relatively heavy traffic flow. In a private vehicle, the drive should take 60-90 minutes, depending greatly on traffic conditions as you leave Lilongwe. For people driving on towards Lake Malawi National Park, it’s worth noting that the once-tortuous S127, which branches east from the M1 at Masasa about 20km south of Dedza, is now surfaced and undulates its way down the escarpment for 30km to Golomoti, from where a new surfaced extension of the S127 connects with the M10 to Monkey Bay.
All buses that travel between Lilongwe and Blantyre on the M1 stop at Dedza, express buses included. The bus journey from Lilongwe to Dedza takes less than 2 hours. Direct minibuses to Dedza leave regularly from in front of the bus station in Lilongwe.