Karonga District

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Location of Karonga District in Malawi

Karonga is a district in the Northern Region of Malawi. The district covers an area of 3,355 km.² and has a population of 194,572. It is a border district between Malawi and Tanzania, mainly occupied by the Nkhonde tribe. Other tribes include Henga tribe (mainly occupying the southern part), Nyakyusa tribes (migrants from Tanzania) etc.

Karonga is the main border from Tanzania into Malawi, and the township is called Karonga Boma.


Over the last five years,[when?] there has been much development in the region due to the discovery of uranium, and many of the previously gravelled roads have been laid with tarmac.


There are many hotels and guesthouses in Karonga, along the shore of Lake Malawi. However, swimming is not recommended as Bilharzia is rife in this area.

Government and administration[edit]

There are five National Assembly constituencies in Karonga: Karonga Central, Karonga North, Karonga North East, Karonga Nyungwe and Karonga South. Since the 2009 election Karonga Nyungwe is represented by an AFORD politician, and the other seats are held by members of the Democratic Progressive Party.[1] The traditional authorities are Wasammbo, Kyungu, Mwakaboko, Kilipula, Mwirang'ombe and the central township of Boma.

Cities and towns[edit]

Notable Malwians from Karonga[edit]


Coordinates: 10°00′S 33°45′E / 10.000°S 33.750°E / -10.000; 33.750