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The location of Chikwawa in Malawi (at the red dot)

Chikwawa is a town with a population of approximately 12,000 located in the Southern Region of Malawi on the west bank of the Shire River.[1] It is the administrative capital of the Chikwawa District. Chikwawa lies almost 30 miles south of Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi.[2]

Chikwawa was the first town in Malawi to be seen by European explorers when David Livingstone's Zambezi Expedition steamed up the Shire River in 1859.[3] The surrounding region was ravaged by Portuguese slave traders in the nineteenth century.[4]

The Majete Wildlife Reserve, the Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve and Lengwe National Park lie in the vicinity of Chikwawa. Large numbers of hippopotamus and crocodiles inhabit the Shire River area.[5]


  1. ^ Briggs, Philip; Bartlett, Mary-Anne (2006). Malawi: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-84162-170-8.
  2. ^ Bulletin - Malawi Geological Survey Department. Malawi Geological Survey. 1963. p. 7.
  3. ^ Carter, Judy (30 October 1987). Malaŵi: wildlife, parks and reserves. Macmillan Publishers. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-333-43987-6.
  4. ^ Lamba, I. C. (1983). Primary History: Malaŵi, an Early History. Dzuka. p. 40.
  5. ^ Briggs, Philip (2010). Malawi. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 209. ISBN 978-1-84162-313-9.

Coordinates: 16°02′06″S 34°48′04″E / 16.035°S 34.801°E / -16.035; 34.801