Districts

Mwanza

Mwanza

Land Area (km²) / Rank 826 km² / 26th out of 28 districts
Population (2018) / Rank 130,949 / 27th out of 28 districts
Population Density / Rank 159 persons/km² / 18th out of 28 districts

Mwanza is a district in the Southern Region of Malawi on the border with Mozambique.

Mwanza acts as a transshipment point for goods going down the Zambezi River via Tete. It is also a centre for smuggling.

The agricultural economy has depended upon citrus fruits (tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit) for many years as Mwanza is one of the few areas in Malawi where the climate is favourable for the growth of such crops. However, production has been failing and the citrus industry has been in decline for over a decade.

Mwanza was split into two districts, Neno and Mwanza, under the decentralisation programme in 2003.

Accommodation is available at the Mwanza Hotel located between the town and Mwanza Border. It offers a variety of foods which include Indian cuisine, pizzas, Chinese food, vegetarian dishes, and traditional Malawian food.

  1. Mwanza acts as a transshipment point for goods going down the Zambezi River via Tete.
  2. The agricultural economy has depended upon citrus fruits as Mwanza is one of the few areas in Malawi where the climate is favourable for the growth of such crops.
  3. Mwanza was split into two districts, Neno and Mwanza in 2003.

Getting there and away

Mwanza lies about 100km west of Blantyre via the M1 and the M6. Minibuses run daily from Blantyre and Limbe. For those who come from Lilongwe, buses and minibuses will stop at Zalewa turn-off to change a minibus to Mwanza.