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Coordinates: 13°02′S 33°29′E / 13.033°S 33.483°E / -13.033; 33.483

Kasungu is located in Malawi
Location in Malawi
Coordinates: 13°02′S 33°29′E / 13.033°S 33.483°E / -13.033; 33.483
Country Malawi
RegionCentral Region
DistrictKasungu District
Elevation4,403 ft (1,342 m)
 (2018 Census[2])
 • Total58,653
Time zone+2

Kasungu is a town in the Kasungu District of the Central Region of Malawi. The population of Kasungu was 58,653 according to the 2018 census.[3] Kasungu is approximately 130 kilometres (81 mi) north-west of the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe, and is 35 kilometres (22 mi) east of Kasungu National Park.[4] The main industry in Kasungu is tobacco-growing.[5]


A farm close to Kasungu was the birthplace of the first President of Malawi, Hastings Banda.[5]

Geography and climate[edit]

Kasungu is in central Malawi, lying at a height of 1,342 metres (4,403 ft). It has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen: Cwa) and a rainy season that lasts from November–December to March–April.[1] The dry season lasts from May to October.[4] The town receives, on average, between 500 millimetres (20 in)–1,200 millimetres (47 in) rainfall each year.[1]

Climate data for Kasungu
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 213
Source: Climate-Data.org[6]


Year Population[3][2]
1987 11,591
1998 27,754
2008 39,640
2018 58,653
Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.


Chichewa is the main language spoken in Kasungu.[8]



Kasungu is served by buses and minibuses that travel to Lilongwe and Mzuzu.[4] In June 2008, Central East Africa Railways announced plans to extend the rail line from Lilongwe to Kasungu.[9]


There are guesthouses, bars, restaurants, and four petrol stations in Kasungu; according to Lonely Planet, there are "no major attractions" in Kasungu.[4] Kasungu National Park is an hour's drive to the west, and Kamuzu Academy is 25 minutes by road to the east.

Emergency services[edit]

Kasungu has a police station.[10] The town is also home to a 179-bed government-funded district hospital. The hospital is often overcrowded, and suffers from a lack of nurses and anti-retroviral drugs.[11][12] The hospital's 13-bed paediatric department can receive over 100 patients, leaving some patients on the floor.[13] UNICEF-Hamburg has sent over US$6000 to train care-workers in Kasungu.[14]

Land and economy[edit]

The land in Kasungu lacks nutrients and water, and is mostly "sand veld";[5] the Kasungu area is suffering from depleted forests.[15] A tribal chief stated in 2004 that over 250,000 people in Kasungu own no land.[16] Tobacco is the only cash crop grown in Kasungu district,[1] and the area has been described as a "tobacco heartland" by Xinhua News Agency.[17] The opening of Kasungu National Park in 1970 has increased tourism in the area.[5] Due to their poverty, most residents of Kasungu live in houses made of hand-made mud bricks, covered by roofs of straw or corrugated iron.[18] According to AllAfrica, Kasungu is a "child labour hotspot."[19]


Kasungu is a "stronghold" of the Malawi Congress Party.[20] The Member of the Malawian Parliament for Kasungu Central is Carrington Jimu.[21] The MP for Kasungu North North West is Rodger Sithole,[22] and the MP for Kasungu North West is Gerald Jere.[23]

Foreign links[edit]

Kaluluma School in Kasungu has formed a relationship with Greenford High School, Southall, England.[24] A church in Kasungu also formed a relationship with two churches near Peterborough, England in 2001. Parishioners from the two churches have travelled to Kasungu several times and have built a new church and a fish farm. In February 2008, the church group built a maize mill in Kasungu.[18]

Notable events[edit]

Famine and disease[edit]

Over 100 people died in a famine in 2002, according to official estimates; Kasungu was the worst affected area in Malawi.[25] In 2005 a famine occurred in Malawi, affecting 4.2 million Malawians. The efforts to distribute food to the needy were concentrated in Kasungu.[26] During 2004 and 2005, there was an outbreak of cholera, with eight people recorded to have suffered the disease.[27]

June 2003 riots[edit]

In June 2003, Kasungu Muslims rioted with police, after five Malawians, suspected of being al-Qaeda operatives, were arrested and taken into United States custody. One demonstrator was treated for "serious gunshot wounds".[17][28]

Chess championships[edit]

In January 2008, the African Junior Chess Championships were held at Kamuzu Academy near Kasungu.[29] The academy, which The Nyasa Times describes as "highly regarded" and "Eton in the bush", was founded by the first President of Malawi, Hastings Banda.[30]

See also[edit]


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