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Blantyre Tourism Overview

About Blantyre

Blantyre is the economic capital of Malawi, located in the southern part of the country along the Shire River. The town was established as a Church of Scotland Mission Station in 1876 and is named after the famous explorer David Livingstone. Blantyre is the main commercial and industrial centre of Malawi. All the important trade and business is carried out from here. The local population is of this town is of Bantu origins. The atmosphere of the city is very calm and friendly. The pleasant weather, excellent places for dining and wonderful shopping complexes all makes it a great holiday destination.


Country : Malawi.
Population : Total population is 732,518 according to 2008 census.
Languages : English is the common language.
Currency : Malawi Kwacha (MK).
Region : Southern Region.
Geographic Coordination : 15°40'S 34°58'E.

Climate and Geography

The city experiences the Tropical Continental Climate.

Suitable Visiting Seasons ( months) : Winter is the best time to visit.

Transportation

The city ensures that people visiting Blantyre, doesn�t face any trouble while traveling. There are plenty of modes to tour the city. You can either take a minibus or hire a taxi. Both are comfortable and cheap means of traveling. You can also hire a ferry to travel nearby. For the budget traveler, touring by foot is the best option.

Getting Around : Chileka International Airport (BLZ) is located about 16km away from the city. It has several international as well as domestic flights operating daily, so you can choose to travel by air. You can also reach here by inter-state buses and taxis. They are also a convenient way to reach here.

Shopping and Entertainment

Blantyre is the commercial and trading center of Malawi. The downtown area is full of shops run by Asians and so you can find a abundant asian items being sold. The city center is a bustling market area popular with locals offers all kinds of fruits, veggies, used clothing, construction materials etc. If you are looking for western-style shops, then head to Chichiri shopping mall. There is a lot of variety and available at reasonable prices.

Entertainment : Blantyre has a sparkling and vibrant nightlife. After the days tough schedule, people come out in the evening to party and celebrate life. There are numerous places for hangouts like the best place to spend the evening in the city is The Blue Elephant which is a bar & restaurant.

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