|Land Area (km²) / Rank||7,878 km² / 2nd out of 28 districts|
|Population (2018) / Rank||842,953 / 6th out of 28 districts|
|Population Density / Rank||107 persons/km² / 23rd out of 28 districts|
Kasungu is approximately 130km (81miles) north-west of Lilongwe and is 35km (22miles) east of Kasungu National Park.
Kasungu is the sixth-largest urban centre in Malawi, and a chaotic one-street town offering anything and everything from the hardware stores and supermarkets that line the main road to the huge dusty market that sprawls behind it.
Kasungu is the best known as the birthplace of Malawi’s first president, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, and the town remains a stronghold for the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) once led by the former life president.
The tourist attractions are the famous Kamuzu Academy which is a selective, co-educational boarding school founded by Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda in 1981 and the springboard for safaris into the Kasungu National Park (2,367 sq km) opened in 1970.
Kamuzu Academy is 25 minutes by road to the east and Kasungu National Park is an hour’s drive to the west.
Kasungu is also the home to the inventor and author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” William Kamkwamba who gained fame in 2007 when he built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap, working rough plans he found in a library book called “Using Energy” and modifying them to fit his needs at the age of 14.
The economy of Kasungu depends mainly on tobacco production, and the area has been described as a “tobacco heartland”.
Chichewa is the main language spoken in Kasungu.
- Kasungu is the birthplace of Malawi’s first president, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
- Kasungu is also the home to the inventor and author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” William Kamkwamba.
- The town is the springboard of the Kasungu National Park.
Famous Person from Kasungu
Hastings Kamuzu Banda (First President of Malawi)
William Kamkwamba (Author of “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind”)
Getting there and away
Kasungu lies about 130km north of Lilongwe along the M1, 240km south of Mzuzu, and 125km west of the lakeshore port of Nkhotakota along the recently surfaced M18. All these roads are in good condition and the drive from Lilongwe typically takes about 90 minutes in a private vehicle. Most buses between Lilongwe and Mzuzu stop at Kasungu, including AXA, and there are also direct minibuses from Lilongwe and Mzuzu. Public transport along the quiet M18 is rather more limited, but a few minibuses run that way daily. The AXA Bus Company office is located at the Kasungu Inn. The bus stops daily en route from Mzuzu to Blantyre. There are a plenty of bicycle taxies in the town.