Machinga District

About Machinga District

Land Area (km2) 3,771km2   (Ranking No.10 / 28 districts)
Population 735,438   (Ranking No.9 / 28 districts)
Population Density 195/km2   (Ranking No.13 / 28 districts)
Literacy Rate 57.26%   (Ranking No.25 / 28 districts)
Electrification Rate 4.12%   (Ranking No.24 / 28 districts)
Water pipe Rate 3.54%   (Ranking No.22 / 28 districts)
*The data is as of 2018.


Machinga is a district in the Southern Region of Malawi and located along the main road which connects Zomba and Lilongwe.

The town has a reputation of being hot. As you drive down from Zomba, the heat and the humidity of the valley can be sharply felt.

Liwonde National Park is located in the district.

There’s plenty of wildlife around, notably dense concentrations of elephant, hippo and crocodile, and it is undoubtedly one of the best game reserves in Malawi.

Another tourist attraction in Machinga is the beautiful and mysterious sandstone, Chikala pillars.

It’s not as well known as Liwonde National Park or Lake Malawi, but it’s worth a visit.

Machinga Population by Tribe

Tribe Yao Lomwe Chewa Nyanja Others
Percentage 57.79% 27.48% 6.44% 5.43% 2.86%
*The data is as of 2018.

Machinga Population by Religion

Religion Islam Christian Others No Religion
Percentage 66.98% 30.65% 2.17% 0.20%
*The data is as of 2018.

Tourist Attractions in Machinga

Liwonde National ParkEntrance Fee International Visitors USD10 International...
Chikala / Malape PillarsLocated at the skirts of the Chikala Hills in Machinga district, Chi...