Nsanje District in Malawi

All About Nsanje

Basic Information about Nsanje

Land Area (km2) 1,942km2   (Ranking No.21 / 28 districts)
Population 299,168   (Ranking No.22 / 28 districts)
Population Density 154/km2   (Ranking No.19 / 28 districts)
Literacy Rate 55.75%   (Ranking No.27 / 28 districts)
Electrification Rate 5.63%   (Ranking No.19 / 28 districts)
Water pipe Rate 3.48%   (Ranking No.23 / 28 districts)
*The data is as of 2018.

Nsanje is Malawi’s southernmost district, surrounded on three sides by Mozambique.

It is known primarily for the Nsanje World Inland Port built during the Mutharika regime with the aim of opening shipping routes along the Shire and Zambezi rivers to the Indian Ocean.

The port was officially declared open in 2010 in the presence of Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika, Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.

However, since then, the port has yet to receive its first ship.

The port is a busy place for locals to relax in the evenings.

Stands selling beer and soft drinks, as well as chicken and beef braai, are lined up, and the cool breeze from the Shire River is a great way to cool down for the evening while enjoying drinks.

Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve is located north-west of Nsanje District and is one of the most inaccessible Wildlife Reserves in Malawi, with only a few groups of tourists visiting the reserve.

Although the number of wildlife seen is small, the unique terrain created by nature is worth seeing.

Elephant Marsh, also ideal for birdwatching, is located in the northern part of the district.

Nsanje is predominantly Sena, with more than 80% of the population.

The language is predominantly Chichewa, but Chisena, Cimang’anja, English and Portuguese are also spoken.

Nsanje Population by Tribe

Tribe Sena Lomwe Mang’anja Chewa Others
Percentage 84.02% 7.28% 5.02% 0.95% 2.73%
*The data is as of 2018.

Nsanje Population by Religion

Religion Christian Islam Others No Religion
Percentage 88.02% 1.95% 6.88% 3.15%
*The data is as of 2018.

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