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The incredible scenery, culture and history are worth extending your pit-stop in Lilongwe

Located in the shallow valley of the Lilongwe River just a 30-minute drive from the airport, the capital city of Malawi has an interesting history reflected in the existence of the contrasting Old and New Towns.

Separated by Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary, Old Town is almost indistinguishable from other small African towns with a mix of commercial, residential and industrial buildings. 

Perhaps the biggest draw to Old Town is the colourful craft market selling unique wooden carvings, pottery, jewellery, traditional clothing and decorative Malawian furniture. It’s a great stop to pick up some trinkets to furnish your home and remember your trip.

New Town sprung up in the 1960s following Dr Hastings Banda’s election as Malawi’s first president and is contrastingly characterized by broad avenues with towering glossy modern buildings.

Positioned in the heart of Lilongwe and with woodland trails and charming scenery, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is a quiet haven away from the chaos of city life. With around 200 rescued animals including two lions, monkeys, African rock pythons, hyenas and warthogs it’s a great destination on your private tour where you can learn all about wildlife conservation around Lilongwe.

Although just a stopover for many travellers venturing onto Cape Maclear, Nkhotakota and other destinations around Lake Malawi, there are some interesting cultural places to visit and a great music scene in this capital city.

Mua Mission, Kamazu Mausoleum and the Tobacco Auction Floors (from April to September) are all places where you can delve into Malawian culture and learn about life in ‘the warm heart of Africa’.

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Best times to visit Lilongwe

October to December can be very hot in Lilongwe with the rains arriving too. For cooler temperatures and better game viewing in the surrounding reserves, visit in July to October when there is less vegetation for animals to hide behind.

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