City Guide, Lilongwe
Lilongwe is the capital of Malawi and the country’s second largest city.
Lilongwe started as a small village on the banks of the Lilongwe river, and became
a colonial administrative center at the beginning of the 20th century. Lilongwe
became the capital of Malawi in 1974. Lilongwe is divided into a New and Old City.
There are some excellent tourist Attractions in Lilongwe which is also known
as the Garden City. There are colorful flowering trees in the city that adds to
the beauty of the modern architecture and the parkland. One of the popular Tourist
Attractions in Lilongwe is the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary that is located in the
center of the city. Visitors looking for sightseeing in Lilongwe will find the place
an ideal destination. This is a natural reserve that is rich in flora and fauna.
There are many different wildlife to be seen at the sanctuary.
Sightseeing in Lilongwe includes visiting various places of interest set near
this city. These tourist spots include Cape Maclear, Salima, Kuti Wildlife Park
and South Luangwa National Park. Cape Maclear is a small village close to this city
which is very picturesque. You can visit Salima a small resort town near the capital
city of Lilongwe. Kuti Wildlife Park is ideal for nature lovers. You can visit this
park and view several species of animals and birds.
Culture and entertainment
Culture of Malawi, one should always remind the intrepid history addicts the
fact that Malawi unlike the homogeneity of various Western societies, offers a wide
and diverse variety of cultural mosaic of tribes and clans. Each of these clans
vary considerably form each other and their beliefs, music, dance, customs even
the ways of building houses differs. Malawi is a close kaleidoscope of cultures
and beliefs that belie the common essence of conventional wisdom.
The city provides a lot of recreational activities like the facilities at Lilongwe
Golf Club, game viewing at the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary at Capital Hill, and a
vibrant nightlife at a variety of clubs. Just two hours drive from the city you
can spend a weekend on the shores of beautiful Lake Malawi, the largest fresh water
lake in southern Africa. Lilongwe is also home to people from different cultures
and nationalities which is reflected in the variety of international restaurants
Food and drink
Traditional eateries are extremely popular amongst the tourists and locals. The
roadways are lined with an avenue of eateries. hese are popularly known as tuck
shops. The tuck shops offer you packaged cookies or take away meals. Meat pies or
sausage rolls are some of the best take away options in these tuck shops.
Apart from sampling some of the popular dishes in Malawi, you can try out some
of the popular drinks in Malawi. A traditional local drink worth sampling is mahewu,
also known as maheu. Taste this beverage and enjoy a refreshing experience. Sample
some of the best Cuisine in Malawi and drinks of Malawi to make the most of your
dining in Malawi.
The main Shopping in Malawi is around the supermarkets of Shoprite and the Nico
center in area 3 on the west bank of the Lilongwe river in Old Town. A newer similar
shopping center is located near the Mchinji round about across from the Seven Eleven
Filling station -the Crossroads Shopping center. There are several shopping plazas
and Internet cafes that have sprouted in recent years and rae very popular with
tourists .To get a fair deal on the crafts and arts fare that is on offer in Shopping
in Malawi one should be able to bargain very hard. Almost any necessity can be purchase
din Lilongwe and and many back-packers and overland travelers stop in Lilongwe to
stock-up and enjoy city life for a few days.
Lilongwe City Map