Rumphi District

About Rumphi District

Land Area (km2) 4,769km2   (Ranking No.5 / 28 districts)
Population 229,161   (Ranking No.25 / 28 districts)
Population Density 48/km2   (Ranking No.28 / 28 districts)
Literacy Rate 82.58%   (Ranking No.7 / 28 districts)
Electrification Rate 11.10%   (Ranking No.8 / 28 districts)
Water pipe Rate 17.76%   (Ranking No.2 / 28 districts)
*The data is as of 2018.


Located at north of Mzuzu (the capital of Malawi’s Northern Region and the third largest city in Malawi), Rumphi is a lively and friendly district and has the lowest population density among the 28 districts.

The main town is situated about 65km from Mzuzu, and 7km from the M1.

The town acts as the main commercial centre for tobacco industry and the gateway for visits to Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve.

The headquarters of a Church of Scotland mission is located at Livingstonia.

The view overlooking Lake Malawi from the Livingstonia town is breathtaking.

Chitumbuka is the main language spoken in Rumphi.

Rumphi Population by Tribe

Tribe Tumbuka Chewa Ngoni Lomwe Others
Percentage 86.06% 4.97% 2.43% 1.74% 4.80%
*The data is as of 2018.

Rumphi Population by Religion

Religion Christian Islam Others No Religion
Percentage 93.67% 1.29% 4.86% 0.18%
*The data is as of 2018.

Tourist Attractions in Rumphi

Nyika National ParkEntrance Fee International Visitors USD10 International...
LivingstoniaLivingstonia is perched on the Rift Valley Escarpment above Lake Mal...
Livingstonia Mission Church and Stone HouseLivingstonia Mission Church is situated on a hill 900m above Lake Ma...