Nsanje District

About Nsanje District

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 the southernmost district in Malawi, and is surrounded by Mozambique on three sides.

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

The port was officially declared open in a ceremony attended by President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi, President Rupiah Banda of Zambia, and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in 2010.

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

Today the port sits choked with hyacinth, unused save for a few fishermen in dugouts and washerwomen on the empty quayside.

The Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve lies in the north-western part of Nsanje district, and Elephant Marsh lies partially in the northern part of the district.

The people of Nsanje are traditionally Sena people, or Mang’anja.

The predominant language is Chichewa, but Chisena, Chimang’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.

Accommodation in Nsanje

Shumba Lodge in NsanjeShumba Lodge Name Shumba Lodge Location Nsanje Boma, N...

Tourist Attractions in Nsanje

Mwabvi Wildlife ReserveEntrance Fee International Visitors USD10 International...
Elephant MarshElephant Marsh is part of the flood plain of the Lower Shire River a...
Nsanje World Inland PortThe Nsanje World Inland Port was built under the Bingu wa Mutharika ...