Nkhotakota

Nkhotakota Beach

Travel to Nkhotakota – Small Swahili-Arab Influenced Port

Nkhotakota (formerly Kota Kota) is a town in the Central Region of Malawi. It is on the shore of Lake Malawi (formerly Lake Nyasa) and is one of the main ports on Lake Malawi. The town itself is quite basic, with a few basic hotels that cater predominantly to the domestic market, the town is also quite sedate, with a typical African market and several drinking holes.

Nkhotakota was originally a group of villages in the 19th century which later served as a market for Arabian slave traders. David Livingstone convinced Chief Jumbe to stop trading slaves under a tree in Nkhotakota in the 19th century. Later Malawi president Hastings Banda gave speeches under another tree in Nkhotakota during the 1960s, this one ironically known as the Livingstone Tree. This town was hit by the 2001 floods and was the worst hit area of Malawi’s Central region. Today, Nkhotakota is the largest traditional African town in Malawi and has a strong Swahili-Arab influence.

Nkhotakota is home to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, where you can see elephants, several antelope species, buffalo and leopards. Roughly 24 km south of Nkhotakota is the Chia Lagoon, a large bay linked to Lake Malawi by a narrow channel, crossed by a bridge near Nkhotakota’s one major road. Visitors can also see the tree under which David Livingstone conducted a meeting in an attempt to end the slave trade, this can be seen outside St Annes Hospital.

  • Explore the Nkhotakota Game Reserve.
  • Attend traditional pottery classes.
  • See tree under which David Livingstone conducted a meeting in an attempt to end the slave trade.

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