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Factfile - Zomba District

The Municipality of Zomba and its surroundings.

The City of Zomba is located in the Southern Region of the Republic of Malawi at the lower end of the Great Rift Valley which starts in Kenya many miles to the North. It is the fourth largest urban centre in Malawi after Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. It covers 39 square kilometres, 15% is covered by forest plantations and 85% is for settlements and other uses like cultivation and green areas.

Zomba is on average 1000 feet above sea level and is situated at the foot of the Zomba Plateau which rises steeply to 2000 feet above sea level. The Plateau is the third highest plateau in the country and is renowned for its beauty and views as a tourist attraction.

Zomba became the capital of Nyasaland in 1891 following the establishment of a British Protectorate.  It was chosen for its healthy climate and good location.  At Independence in 1964 Nyasaland was renamed Malawi and in  1975 the capital was moved to Lilongwe, 300 kilometers to the north and Zomba became the institutional town housing the University of Malawi's Central Administration and Chancellor College, a constitutent college of the University.

It was designated a City in 2008.

The population of Zomba is approximately 50,000.

The local shops near the market

Small shops in Zomba  Market

The Zomba City Assembly Offices

Vegetable stall in Zomba Market

Zomba has a good vegetable market

More Zomba shops


Last Updated by Joyce McMullan on Tuesday 13th October 2009 at 21:24.