Malawi Central Region

Malawi Central Region

The Central Region is home to the country’s capital, and the most common point of entry, Lilongwe. It covers an area of 35,592 km² (22,115 mi²). It has a total of nine districts, that is, Kasungu, Nkhotakota, Mchinji, Dowa, Salima, Lilongwe, Dedza, Ntchisi and Ntcheu.

It borders Zambia to the west, and Mozambique to the east and south-west.

Its headquarters are in Lilongwe. Most of the region lies on the Central African Plateau and so the scenic highlights come from the hills sitting atop the plateau, and the escarpments that descend into the Rift Valley and down to Lake Malawi. The scenery in the Central Region is less dramatic than elsewhere in the country but it has the same attractive variety that makes Malawi a wonderful place to travel.

It has one National Park and two Wildlife Reserves.

Kasungu 7,878 km² 3,042 mi²
Nkhotakota 4,259 km² 1,644 mi²
Mchinji 3,356 km² 1,296 mi²
Dowa 3,041 km² 1,174 mi²
Salima 2,196 km² 848 mi²
Lilongwe 6,159 km² 2,378 mi²
Dedza 3,624 km² 1,399 mi²
Ntchisi 1,655 km² 639 mi²
Ntcheu 3,424 km² 1,322 mi²


The region is home to the Chewa, Ngoni, Senga, Yao and other cosmopolitan groups in major towns.

Economic Activities

Lilongwe is the political capital of Malawi as well as the regional centre of economic activities in the Central Region.

Economic activities include production of timber and electricity, tobacco and sugarcane processing, cotton and rice farming, textiles and cloth making, livestock rearing, fishing and fish processing, mining (graphite, gypsum, titanium, diatomite and gold), boat making and provision of a variety of services (hotel, food, beverages, transport etc)

Sugarcane is processed at Nkhotakota and Dwangwa while cotton is processed in Salima. Boat building and repair is done at Senga Bay, fishing in Mangochi and timber production is done in Dedza.

The region is served by Lilongwe (Kamuzu) International Airport. A network of roads and railway lines link Central Region to neighbouring countries and other regional districts.

Main Tourist Attractions

Kasungu National ParkKasungu National Park (Entrance gate: early-18.00 daily, USD10 for ...
Nkhotakota Wildlife ReserveNkhotatoka Wildlife Reserve (Entrance gate: early-18.00 daily, USD1...
Kuti Wildlife ReserveKuti Wildlife Reserve URL www.kuti-malawi.org Email in...
Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary and Lilongwe Wildlife CentreLilongwe Nature Sanctuary and Lilongwe Wildlife Centre Lilongwe Nat...
Mua Mission and Kungoni CentreMua Mission and Kungoni Centre The Mua Mission was founded by Catho...
Chongoni Rock Art AreaChongoni Rock Art Area Chongoni Rock Art Area is a designated UNESC...
Dedza PottertyDedza Pottery Dedza Pottery is one of the major workshops for Art S...
Dzalanyama Forest ReserveDzalanyama Forest Reserve Dzalanyama Forest Reserve is situated abo...