Lilongwe Profile

Lilongwe has not always been the capital city of Malawi, in fact, it was a recently as 1974 that the capital was moved by former dictator Hastings Banda from Zomba to Lilongwe, a city that was once just a small town on the banks of the Lilongwe river and the administrative centre of British Colonial rule in Malawi. Today Lilongwe has a population rapidly closing in on one million and is the largest city in the country.

Lilongwe is divided into many areas, but essentially there is the New Town and the Old Town with the renowned wildlife centre. This centre is well worth a visit as not only is it a rescue and rehabilitation centre it has its own wildlife zone with good value tours. The old town itself is based around the old Lilingwe village and teems with street vendors, shops, cafres and restaurants whilst the new town is centered around the city's banking, government and commercial sector althout Malawi's second city, Balantyre, remains the country's commercial hub.

HIV/AIDS is a major concern in Lilongwe with a high percentage of the population (20%) there being infected and research indicates that professionals such as doctors and teachers are dying from related illnesses faster than they can be replaced.

Street children can also be found in the city and these children are inevitably vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Despite this and the poverty of many who live there, having come from rural areas in the forlorn hope of finding paid employment, Lilongwe is generally a friendly city with many foreign workers providing an open, multicultural exoperience.

The above video shows pictures and images of the capital of Malawi and provides a realistic look and feel of life there. After you've watched the video make a virtual landing at Lilongwe airport below then check out our interactive map of Lilongwe below and zoom in to explore areas of interest.

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Lilongwe Profile

A complete profile of Lilongwe, capital city of Malawi, including a virtual tour in pictures, images and video then make a landing at Malawi International Airport.


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