Lilongwe Souvenir Sellers

Travel to Lilongwe – The Country’s Capital

Visitors to Lilongwe will be amazed by the city’s contrast reflected by its gleaming modern buildings in their spacious garden-like settings and the hustle and bustle of the Old Town. Both of these different parts of the town are worth touring.

Lilongwe also offers its visitors a number of first-class hotels.

Lilongwe became Malawi’s capital in 1975, a role previously filled by Zomba. The city owes its status to Dr Hastings Banda, the country’s first President, who was born just north of the town. The Old Town is distinct and separate from the new Capital City. While the former has all the appearance of a traditional African settlement, the City has much in common with other 20th century urban developments around the world.

The old town, the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary, the State House and the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre are the main places to visit while in Lilongwe. Simply stroll around the town absorbing the atmosphere and taking in the sights and sounds of a typical African town. Relax by browsing the malls and markets or by heading to the local bars, cafes and restaurants.

  • Browse modern shops and traditional markets.
  • Visit nature sanctuarys and wildlife reserves.
  • Explore both the Old Town and the New Town.


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