Nkhata Bay District

About Nkhata Bay District

Land Area (km2) 4,071km2   (Ranking No.9 / 28 districts)
Population 285,795   (Ranking No.23 / 28 districts)
Population Density 70/km2   (Ranking No.26 / 28 districts)
Literacy Rate 76.64%   (Ranking No.7 / 28 districts)
Electrification Rate 8.84%   (Ranking No.9 / 28 districts)
Water pipe Rate 12.28%   (Ranking No.5 / 28 districts)
*The data is as of 2018.


Nkhata Bay is at the most northerly point on the Lake reached by David Livingstone, and one of the main ports on Lake Malawi.

Nkhata Bay is dependent on Lake Malawi’s fishing industry but it also has steadily grown in reputation over the past two decades to eclipse Cape Maclear as the most popular traveller congregation point on Lake Malawi.

While most visitors associate Nkhata Bay with lazy days and party nights, the town offers plenty of interest to more active travellers, including kayaking, snorkelling, forest walks, fish-eagle feeding, beach volleyball or simply joining a local football match.

The town is home to the Tonga people who are famed for their love of fine dressing – it’s common to see older men dressed in full suits with Homburg hats, spats and canes.

Chitonga is the main language spoken in Nkhata Bay’s school, while Chichewa is the preferred language in hospitals, churches and radio in Nkhata Bay, although Chitumbuka is the main language spoken in the Northern Region.

Nkhata Bay Population by Tribe

Tribe Tonga Tumbuka Chewa Lomwe Others
Percentage 66.22% 19.67% 6.65% 1.35% 6.11%
*The data is as of 2018.

Nkhata Bay Population by Religion

Religion Christian Islam Others No Religion
Percentage 91.47% 1.08% 7.01% 0.44%
*The data is as of 2018.

Activities in Nkhata Bay

Scuba Diving at Aqua Africa in Nkhata BayAqua Africa Name Aqua Africa Location Opposite Nkhat...
Boat Tour in Nkhata BayBoat Tour in Nkhata Bay Duration: approx. 3 hours There is no re...
MV Ilala Ferry from Nkhata Bay to Likoma IslandMV Ilala Ferry The MV Ilala ferry is the main means of transport ar...

Shopping in Nkhata Bay

Shopping at Bamboo Shop in Nkhata BayBamboo Shop Name Bamboo Shop Location Chikale road, ...

Restaurants in Nkhata Bay

Kaya Papaya (Continental Cuisine) Nkhata BayKaya Papaya Name Kaya Papaya Cuisine Continental Cui...
Crestview Restaurant (Malawian Cuisine) Nkhata BayCrestview Restaurant Name Crestview Restaurant & Guest H...

Accommodations in Nkhata Bay

Njaya Lodge in Nkhata BayNjaya Lodge Name Njaya Lodge Location Nkhata Bay ...
Mayoka Village in Nkhata BayMayoka Village Name Mayoka Village Location Nkhata B...
Butterfly Space in Nkhata BayButterfly Space Name Butterfly Space Location Nkhata...