Lilongwe is the official capital of Malawi and has grown over the years. The city started as a small fishing village, today it is the second largest city in Malawi, and an important trading center. Most of the commercial activities take place in here. Lilongwe is partitioned into an old town, a new and a modern quarter. The New Town has several commercial structures and buildings, the Old Town is still little backward and lacks development but has some charm attached to it. Lilongwe is known as the Garden City, surrounded by flowering trees, fascinating sceneries, and awe-inspiring landscapes that complement its modern architecture and parklands. Most of the people visit this city in warmer months when several bright flowers are blooming, beautiful migratory birds can be seen and there is chirpiness all around.
|Population||:||The total population estimated in 2008 was 866,272.|
|Languages||:||English is the official language. But Tumbuka, Chiyawo, Chilomwe are commonly spoken.|
|Geographic Coordination||:||13°59'S 33°47'E.|
Climate and Geography
The city has a moderately warm climate with rainfall throughout the year.
Lilongwe is served by Malawi Railways and Shire Bus Lines. There are several local and minibuses that runs between Old Town and City Centre. The bus is the chief mode of transport for the locals and is fairly cheap. Taxis are also available but they are generally hired by the tourists. You can even travel around boats. Ferries will take you around almost anywhere and aren�t expensive.
Shopping and Entertainment
If you are looking for western-style shopping then visit the Shoprite and the Nico Centre. Another shopping center, located near the Mchinji round-about is famous for expensive boutiques and brands. The Pacific Shopping Mall is a favorite hangout for the youngsters. You can roam around and take pleasure in window shopping.