The Warm Heart of Africa
Moni! Welcome to Lilongwe, the heart and capital of Malawi. Serving as the center of economy and transportation for the country, Lilongwe is the perfect place to bring your attendees. Known for its beautiful wildlife sanctuary, lively marketplace and fascinating history- this city has it all!
The city is split mainly into two parts: Old Town and Capital City. Both of these different parts are worth touring. Old Town is known for its busy street markets. Tourists come from all over the world to join locals as they shop at the Old Town market for African print bags and clothes, and one of a kind art made by locals. If you are looking for a more modern escape, Capital City is for you. This cosmopolitan area is filled with several restaurants, and great nightlife. With its growing music scene, Capital City is humming with live bands and nightclubs. Don’t worry, there is shopping here too! Modern shops fill the busy streets of Capital City and are great for finding clothing, accessories, and more. Don’t miss out on visiting these contrasting places that are perfect for all your attendees.
Lilongwe is a great place to visit if you are an animal lover, and the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is a great place to start. This centre is home to several orphaned, injured, and rescued wild animals including lions, pythons, cobras, baboons, and more. The animals are not kept in particular spots as they would be at your regular zoo so you can walk through its beautiful wilderness area and learn about the centre’s animals. It’s equipped with a beautiful picnic area and cafe that’s perfect for visitors to use while at the sanctuary. Another great spot for animal and outdoor enthusiasts is the Four Seasons Nursery and Garden Shop. This breathtaking botanical garden is filled with zinnias, ferns, hydrangeas, and more. Make sure you check out their restaurant as well to enjoy some fresh organic vegetables grown within the gardens.
The rich history of Lilongwe is scattered throughout the city in monuments and historical sites. The Kamuzu Mausoleum is one you don’t want to miss. This marble and granite mausoleum is where you can find the final resting place of Malawi’s founding president Dr. Hasting Kamuzu Banda. To learn more about Dr. Banda and the history of Malawi, make sure to visit the library and research center located within the mausoleum. If you are interested in more history just take a quick ride from the mausoleum to the Parliament Building, a stunning historic building with beautiful architecture. Although visitors are unable to enter the building without a formal invitation, tours around the building are available with the guidance of guards.
Lilongwe is a very welcoming city with little crime directed at tourists. You can walk through the streets and interact with locals easily. The activities are endless and Lilongwe is a city you won’t want to miss.
Meet our Destination Director
Kumbi Chiweshe, Hallpax Southern Africa
Kumbi Chiweshe is a seasoned tourism professional whose experience includes having worked for two of the Leading Hotels of the World in Harare and Washington, DC.
Now making a second return to his first love, conferences and incentive travel, Kumbi is leading the charge to restore Victoria Falls as one of the most desired business events destinations in the world. His goal is to deliver hosts and attendees extraordinary experiences with passion and enthusiasm. The magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, are perfectly positioned as the gateway to exploring the KAZA region in a location considered one of the world’s largest and last remaining pristine conservation estates.