Malawi’s biggest and capital city, Lilongwe, with a population of 1,077,116 people.
The city lies in Malawi’s central area, between the Mozambique and Zambian borders, and it serves as a significant commercial and transportation center for the country. The Lilongwe River inspired the name.
It’s an extremely green city, to the point that you could question whether there is really a city center, since buildings in the new town are separated by patches of grassy ground and trees.
Lilongwe – Info Card
|POPULATION :||City: 1,077,116|
|TIME ZONE :||CAT (UTC+2)|
|LANGUAGE :||Chichewa 57.2% (official), Chinyanja 12.8%, Chiyao 10.1%, Chitumbuka 9.5%, Chisena 2.7%, other 7.7%|
|RELIGION :||Christian 79.9%, Muslim 12.8%, other 3%, none 4.3%|
|ELEVATION :||1,050 m (3,440 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||13°59′S 33°47′E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 50.13%|
• Female: 49.87%
|ETHNIC :||Chewa 32.6%, Lomwe 17.6%, Yao 13.5%, Ngoni 11.5%, Tumbuka 8.8%, Nyanja 5.8%, Sena 3.6%, Others 7.6%|
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|DIALING CODE :||+265|
Tourism in Lilongwe
Live music and events may be found at a number of taverns and nightclubs.
The number of foreign restaurants has increased dramatically in recent years, owing in part to the development of the expatriate population and the growing significance of tourism. The city currently provides a diverse range of cuisines, including Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Indian cuisines.
On the other side of the road from the ancient nature reserve is the Lilongwe wildlife facility. It’s back down to old town through the river bridge; keep an eye out for the sign. It’s a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center that offers great tours of the facility and its wilderness zone, as well as a diverse assortment of species and reasonable prices.
Lilongwe Golf Club offers golf lessons. The best site to learn golf, having a great 18-hole course at a low cost compared to western costs. Even professionals will find it difficult.
The Old Town Mall is a shopping center in the heart of the city Just as you’re driving away from the Lilongwe Sunbird, turn left off Chilambula. Old Town Mall features two art and craft galleries, a DVD rental business, a grocery store catering – lightly – to expat preferences with foreign food and wine, and a book store, largely to tourists, expats, and rich Malawians. There’s also Serendipity Cafe and Mamma Mia’s Italian Restaurant (see below).
Shoprite. South African grocery chain, located in the heart of town and difficult to miss. The majority of travelers travelling through town will refuel here. Because the forex in the same complex has closed, you’ll have to cross the street and use the one in the mall (avoid the men on the sidewalk). Nando’s Chicken has closed and is now known as ‘The Grill House,’ yet everything inside is identical to Nando’s, including the menu and sauces. There’s also an ice cream shop at the Chicken Inn, which is lovely and affordable.
Game. Newly opened Walmart-owned hypermarket across from Shoprite. Food is available, as well as a hardware, toy, and sporting goods store. Expensive, yet the only location to get some items, such as tents.
Climate of Lilongwe
Lilongwe has a humid subtropical climate that borders on a subtropical highland climate, with moderate winters and pleasant summers.
Temperatures are lower than one would anticipate for a city in the tropics due to the altitude.
Lilongwe has a brief rainy season, which lasts from December to March, and a long dry season, which lasts for the most of the year, with June and July being colder than the rest of the year.
Geography of Lilongwe
Lilongwe is situated on a plateau in Central Malawi, part of the East African Rift Valley, at an elevation of 1,050 meters (3,440 feet), beside the Lilongwe River.
Economy of Lilongwe
While Blantyre is Malawi’s commercial capital, the government and public institutions dominate Lilongwe’s economy.
The largest industrial region in the city is Kanengo District, which has food processing, tobacco storage and sales, maize storage, and other light businesses.
The city’s primary economic activity include finance, banking, retail commerce, construction, transportation, public administration, tourism, and tobacco manufacture. In Lilongwe, 76% of the population lives in informal settlements, with poverty rates of 25% and unemployment rates of 16%. About 27% of all formal employees are employed by the government, while 40% work in the private sector and 2% are self-employed.