Districts

Zomba

Zomba

Land Area (km²) / Rank 2,580 km² / 16th out of 28 districts
Population (2018) / Rank 851,737 / 5th out of 28 districts
Population Density / Rank 330 persons/km² / 7th out of 28 districts

Zomba is a military and university town, located 65km north of Blantyre.

It was the capital of first British Central African Protectorate from 1891 and then Nyasaland Protectorate before the establishment of Malawi in 1964.

It was also the first capital of Malawi and remained so until Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the first President, moved the capital to Lilongwe in 1974. The Parliament remained even longer, until 1994 in Zomba.

The city is best known for its British colonial architecture including the Governor General’s residence and the old parliament buildings and the gateway to several of the country’s most striking natural features.

The main attraction for tourist is the Zomba Plateau, an isolated igneous massif that rises to an altitude of 2,085m immediately west of town, the low-lying Lake Chilwa.

Activities offered include rock climbing, horse riding, bird watching, fishing and mountain biking.

Zomba is also the home of Chancellor College of the University of Malawi.

Zomba is the centre for the tobacco and dairy farms of the surrounding area, which also produces rice, maize, fish and softwoods. Timber is extracted from the nearby plateau.

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  1. Zomba was the first capital of Malawi and moved the capital to Lilongwe in 1974.
  2. The main attraction for tourist is the Zomba Plateau which offers several activities.
  3. It is the home of Chancellor College of the University of Malawi.

Famous Person From Zomba

Joyce Banda (Fourth President of Malawi)

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Getting there and away

Zomba lies 65km north of Blantyre via Limbe on the surfaced M3. The road is in good condition, and the drive to Blantyre shouldn’t take longer than 45 minutes in a private vehicle. Many buses between Blantyre and points north (such as Lilongwe and Mzuzu) take the M1 bypassing Zomba, but all buses to/from Blantyre and Liwonde, Mangochi or Monkey Bay will stop at Zomba. AXA buses run to/from Lilongwe (five to six hours), Blantyre (one and a half to two hours), Liwonde (one hour) and Nkhata Bay via Mangochi and Mzuzu.