|Land Area (km²) / Rank||10,430 km² / 1st out of 28 districts|
|Population (2018) / Rank||1,157,522 / 3rd out of 28 districts|
|Population Density / Rank||111 persons/km² / 21st out of 28 districts|
Mzimba is the largest district (10,430 sq km) in Malawi and situated at the western base of South Viphya about 100km from Mzuzu by road.
It is a potential springboard for public transport to Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve.
Mzimba is the administrative centre of the Mzimba district, but the town has declined in importance, following the emergence of Mzuzu as the capital of the northern region, and the construction of the M1, which runs 15km to its east.
The plain around Mzimba, characterised by relatively poor soils and low rainfall, supports subsistence agriculture, as well as a Turkish-tobacco cash crop, while plywood and other timber products from South Viphya are processed by the Raiply Plywood Company at Chikangawa, 15km to the east.
It is also the centre of netball in Malawi, one of Malawi’s most successful sports. Most of the players in the national team, including international star Mwayi Kumwenda, were born and grew up in Mzimba.
The district is traditionally inhabited by descendants of Tumbuka and Ngoni peoples. Chitumbuka is the main language spoken in this district.
- Mzimba is the largest district (10,430 sq km) in Malawi.
- Mzuzu in the Mzimba district is the capital of the northern region.
- Chitumbuka is the main language spoken in this town.
Getting there and away
Buses between Lilongwe and Mzuzu seldom divert to Mzimba, so it’s probably easier to catch a direct minibus from Mzuzu or Lilongwe. If you are thinking of heading on to Vwaza Marsh, minibuses to Rumphi via Kazuni Camp leave when full in the morning.