|Land Area (km²) / Rank||3,356 km² / 13th out of 28 districts|
|Population (2018) / Rank||602,305 / 13th out of 28 districts|
|Population Density / Rank||179 persons/km² / 17th out of 28 districts|
Mchinji is a district in the Central Region of Malawi.
It is formerly known as Fort Manning after governor William Manning.
Mchinji consists of undulating grassland broken by the Mchinji Hills and is located at 12km from the Zambian Border and 109km from Lilongwe.
The town is the major gateway to/from Zambia.
Harvesting rain-fed agriculture is the main occupation in Mchinji, with groundnuts, tobacco, soya beans and cassava.
The Mchinji Mission Orphanage, popularly known as the “Home of Hope”, is one of the largest children’s home in Malawi. A baby lived in the orphanage was adopted by American pop singer Madonna in October 2006.
The main attraction is Kachere Major Seminary which was opened in 1939 and is perched on the eastern foot of Kalulu Mountain between the town and the Zambian border. It is the gothic style architecture with a beautiful garden.
Chichewa is the main language spoken in Mchinji.
- Mchinji is the major gateway to/from Zambia.
- American pop singer Madonna adopted a baby lived in the Mchinji Mission Orphanage in October 2006.
- The main attraction is Kachere Major Seminary.
Getting there & away
Minibuses run from Lilongwe to Mchinji (2 hours), and local shared taxi can be taken from Mchinji town to the Zambian border (20 minutes).