Chikwawa District

About Chikwawa District

Land Area (km2) 4,755km2   (Ranking No.6 / 28 districts)
Population 564,684   (Ranking No.14 / 28 districts)
Population Density 119/km2   (Ranking No.20 / 28 districts)
Literacy Rate 57.55%   (Ranking No.24 / 28 districts)
Electrification Rate 6.42%   (Ranking No.16 / 28 districts)
Water pipe Rate 6.91%   (Ranking No.14 / 28 districts)
*The data is as of 2018.


Chikwawa is a district located in the Southern Region of Malawi on the west bank of the Shire River, and about 55 km south of Blantyre.

Chikwawa was the first town in Malawi to be seen by European explorers when David Livingstone’s Zambezi Expedition streamed up the Shire River in 1859.

The surrounding region was ravaged by Portuguese slave traders in the nineteenth century.

The area immediately around Chikwawa is of interest mainly to bird enthusiasts.

About 1km out of town, in September, a nesting colony of carmine bee-eaters can be reached by following the dirt road opposite the police station to the west bank of the Shire River.

On the M1, about 3km south of the turn-off to Chikwawa, the Kasinthula fish ponds are noted for waterbirds, particularly the large numbers of migrant waders which are attracted to the area between July and December.

The Majete Wildlife Reserve and Lengwe National Park lie in the Chikwawa district.

Chikwawa Population by Tribe

Tribe Sena Mang’anja Chewa Lomwe Others
Percentage 48.64% 30.56% 7.39% 7.30% 6.38%
*The data is as of 2018.

Chikwawa Population by Religion

Religion Christian Islam Others No Religion
Percentage 86.75% 1.67% 8.32% 3.26%
*The data is as of 2018.


Accommodations in Chikwawa

Nyala Lodge in Lengwe National ParkNyala Lodge in Lengwe National Park Name Nyala Lodge ...
Thawale Lodge in Majete Wildlife Reserve, ChikwawaThawale Lodge Name Thawale Lodge Location Majete Wil...
N'gona Lodge in ChikwawaNg'ona Lodge Name Ng'ona Lodge Location Near Majete ...

Tourist Attractions in Chikwawa

Majete Wildlife ReserveEntrance Fee International Visitors USD20 International...
Lengwe National ParkEntrance Fee International Visitors USD10 International...
Elephant MarshElephant Marsh is part of the flood plain of the Lower Shire River a...

Plan a Trip

Day Trip to Lengwe National ParkWhere to Go Lengwe National Park is located in the Chikwawa distric...
Weekend Trip to Majete Wildlife ReserveWhere to Go Majete Wildlife Reserve Started in 2003, the story of ...