Welcome to Lilongwe

The capital of Malawi, Lilongwe is a very green city, with leafy trees and grassy areas breaking up the concrete. Lilongwe is also quite a laid-back town, a sleepy city with social highlights revolving around visits to the local nursery, shopping in Old Town or a couple of drinks at the golf club. Lilongwe is divided into Old Town (to the South) and New Town (to the North), with the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary between the two. Old Town is more popular with visitors, home to markets and craft stalls, attractive cafes and restaurants, and pubs. New Town is focused more on business, with office buildings, banks, and embassies. Many tourists in transit also take advantage of the shopping in Lilongwe, which is the best in Malawi. Old Town Mall is home to two impressive art and craft galleries, a grocery store, travel agencies and upmarket clothing stores. Crossroads Complex, at the Mchinji Roundabout, is Lilongwe's newest shopping mall, with gift shops, a post office, two ATMs and fast food outlets.

Set in the heart of Malawi's capital, the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary is home to the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, a new and exciting 'People and Wildlife' wild animal rescue and rehabilitation facility. The nature sanctuary is the city's only remaining wilderness area and the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre also serves as an education centre aiming to teach visitors about the rich diversity of Malawi's fauna. A luxury tourist lodge has been opened in the Nature Sanctuary and guests will not only benefit from being able to stay in this wilderness area within the city bounds, but a part of the profits will be donated to the centre's work.

A day spent in Old Town is a great way to experience life in Lilongwe, where visitors will see how the local people earn a living selling goods such as pots, pans and dried fish. Old Town features everything from street vendors and a bustling market on Malangalanga Road to expat bars, art galleries and upmarket clothing shops (many of which are found in the Old Town Mall). Mamma Mia's is a fantastic Italian restaurant to enjoy a meal at while you're there.

Salima, the easiest entry point to Lake Malawi, is 1-2 hours from Lilongwe. It has great resorts, such as Livingstonia Beach Resort, with lovely beaches. Signposted just before Salima is Kuti Wildlife Park which has campsites, A-frame chalets and a small restaurant, as well as bar and barbeque facilities. Animals found in the park include sable, nyala, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich, giraffe and waterbuck. If you plan to visit during the rainy season, be sure to take a 4x4 for bad roads.

Tobacco plays an integral part of life in Malawi and a visit to the Tobacco Auction Floors in Lilongwe is a great way to see this industry at work. There is a public gallery overlooking the tobacco sales floors at the Auction Holdings warehouse, a structure which is comparable in size to several large aircraft hangars. At the auction floors, visitors can experience the incessant hum of auctioneers selling tobacco to the highest bidder as the group moves slowly along the extensive rows of tobacco bales.


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