Travel to Blantyre – Malawi’s Economic Capital
Blantyre is the second largest city in Malawi with an estimated population of 732,518. Blantyre is the capital of the country’s Southern Region as well as the Blantyre District and it has a small but very influential expatriate population of about 25,000.
Blantyre is the country’s administrative capital. This settlement has its origins with the Scottish missionaries from the time of David Livingstone. It was named after Livingstone’s birthplace in Scotland.
The centre of Blantyre is conveniently compact with most of the services and shops around its triangular central core. This compactness belies the suburban sprawl reaching up towards the surrounding hills.
Travellers to Blantyre can visit the town hall “Old Boma;” Mandala House built in 1882 as the headquarter of the African Lakes Company; St Michael and All Angels church, built by men with no training in architecture, construction or even brick-making; Museum of Malawi; Carlsberg Brewery; and the tobacco auction floors on the edge of Limbe.
Minibuses are available or you can get around on foot. However, it is unsafe to walk around at night so catch one of the numerous taxis.
- Visit Mandala House art gallery.
- See many churches and museums.
- Relax in local bars and restaurants or by browsing the shops and markets.