Balaka District in Malawi

All About Balaka

Basic Information about Balaka

Land Area (km2) 2,193km2   (Ranking No.18 / 28 districts)
Population 438,379   (Ranking No.16 / 28 districts)
Population Density 200/km2   (Ranking No.12 / 28 districts)
Literacy Rate 70.50%   (Ranking No.11 / 28 districts)
Electrification Rate 8.53%   (Ranking No.10 / 28 districts)
Water pipe Rate 6.13%   (Ranking No.16 / 28 districts)
*The data is as of 2018.

Balaka is a district located on the M8 from Zomba to Lilongwe.

The town’s population is composed of people of multiple ethnicities.

However, the Yao and Ngoni people make up the biggest percentage.

One of the interesting places to visit in Balaka is the huge Catholic Church at the Balaka Mission on the edge of the town which is home to Montfort Media that publishes a range of books and magazines.

Another attraction in Balaka, attached to the mission is the Chapel of Reconciliation, which was built so that people leaving Malawi’s prisons could go to church without community disapproval.

A first step to re-integration which features murals made at Mua.

There is also a wonderful Italian restaurant called ARTHOUSE in Balaka, which offers pastas, pizzas, Italian coffee, ricotta cakes and more.

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Balaka Population by Tribe

Tribe Yao Lomwe Ngoni Chewa Others
Percentage 37.17% 25.17% 24.17% 4.99% 8.50%
*The data is as of 2018.

Balaka Population by Religion

Religion Christian Islam Others No Religion
Percentage 61.71% 34.74% 3.08% 0.47%
*The data is as of 2018.