Districts

Rumphi

Rumphi

Land Area (km²) / Rank 4,769 km² / 5th out of 28 districts
Population (2018) / Rank 229,161 / 25th out of 28 districts
Population Density / Rank 48 persons/km² / 28th out of 28 districts

Rumphi is a lively and friendly town situated about 65km north of Mzuzu, and 7km from the M1.

The town is the main commercial centre for its declining tobacco industry and the springboard for visits to Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve.

The headquarters of a Church of Scotland mission is located at Livingstonia, 80km (50miles) northeast, overlooking Lake Malawi.

Chitumbuka is the main language spoken in Rumphi.

Nyika National ParkNyika National Park         (Entrance gate: early-18.00 daily, USD1...
Vwaza Marsh Wildlife ReserveVwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve (Entrance gate: early-18.00 daily, USD...
LivingstoniaLivingstonia Livingstonia, perched on the Rift Valley Escarpment ab...
  1. The town is the main commercial centre for the tobacco industry.
  2. It is the springboard for visits to Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve.
  3. One of the most scenic places in Central Africa, Livingstonia is located in the Rumphi district.

Getting there and away

Minibuses between Mzuzu and Rumphi leave regularly in either direction on a fill-up-and go basis. Buses between Mzuzu and Karonga also generally divert to Rumphi. A daily bus connects Rumphi with Mzimba via Vwaza Marsh, and there are also a fair number of pickup trucks called matola heading this way.