Districts

Phalombe

Phalombe

Land Area (km²) / Rank 1,394 km² / 25th out of 28 districts
Population (2018) / Rank 429,450 / 17th out of 28 districts
Population Density / Rank 308 persons/km² / 8th out of 28 districts

Phalombe was split from Mulanje in June 1998 and is about 40km north-west of Mulanje in southern Malawi.

It is situated below the Fort Lister Gap between the two larger parts of the Mulanje Massif. Due to this location, it is vulnerable to flash floods, which can easily occur during the rainy season.

The most devastating one in recent history occurred in 1991, which left Phalombe with a 2-3m high mud layer and killed hundreds of people. On this spot, a monument was erected to remember the named and unnamed victims.

The major tribe in Phalombe is Lomwe, one of the four largest ethnic groups living in Malawi.

Chichewa is the main language spoken Phalombe.

  1. Phalombe was split from Mulanje in June 1998.
  2. The flash flood in 1991 killed hundreds of people.
  3. The major tribe in Phalombe is Lomwe.

Getting there and away

It is approximately 55 km (34 miles) north-west of Mulanje and 100km east of Blantyre. Minibuses run to Mulanje (one and a half hours) via the S147 and Blantyre (two and a half hours) via the S145.