Today’s post i decided to write about my own home district of Karonga. The main language of communication is Tumbuka, ngonde and English. As of the 2018 housing census Karonga a has population of 61 609 inhabitants. The people are also part of the bantu speaking tribes. Karonga’s people are peace loving and full of joy. Karonga town is the seat of Karonga district local government.
Location and history. Karonga Set on the shores of Lake Malawi, Karonga is one of Malawi’s most northern townships and a place of growing interest. It has an interesting but turbulent history as a centre for the notorious nineteenth century slave trade and, later, as the site of a First World War battle between German-ruled Tanzania (known as Tanganyika at the time and Malawi as Nyasaland)
Accommodation Karonga is the largest town before reaching the. Malawi-Tanzania border and so a useful place to re-stock and re-fuel for those on a multi-country itinerary. It also has great lodges, guests houses and a booming Airbnb accommodations for overnight stays.
Attraction The town is also home to the interesting ‘Cultural & Museum Centre Karonga which covers cultural history and the recent archeological findings of dinosaur and homind bones. It’s very easy to spend an hour or two looking round its modern and informative exhibits. The main exhibition of ‘Malawi from Dinosaurs to Democracy’ includes a remarkable life-sized replica of the 12m long and 3 m high 120 million year old Malawisaurus skeleton found in Karonga district nearly 100 years ago. And a replica of the world’s oldest known fossil from mankind’s very own Homo genus – a jawbone of Homo rudolfensis, found slightly to the south near Chilumba.
Transport For road travelling Karonga bus depot has direct buses to Blantyre and Lilongwe two of Malawi’s largest cities and also Mzuzu, Chipita, Rumphi, etc. Daily they is Taqwa bus service from Lilongwe to Dar es salaam (Tanzania) and vice versa it passes through to pick and drop passengers. They is also Karonga airport which mainly serves private charter flights and a regular commercial service by Ulendo airlink. They is also Chilumba port for people travelling to Likoma & Chizumulu islands on Lake Malawi.
Economy Karonga’s economy is based on rice, cotton, cassava and maize production along the lake and on coffee and livestock in the west. Karongans are dependent on subsistence fishing.
Food Just like any other part of Malawi, Karonga has a number of restaurants serving local dishes i.e chambo (fish) from Lake Malawi, nsima, fried cassava, rice and chips. You can’t miss out on Malawi’s street food (chiwaya) chips, meat and salad.
Health. Karonga has few private and public clinics in the event of a serious illness patients are referred to the main Karonga District hospital. Its generally safe to drink trap water although its advisable for visitors to drink bottled water. As a lakeshore town ensure before you sleep you are covered in a mosquito net.
Nightlife. Karonga unlike Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and other tourists hotspots in Malawi, Karonga doesn’t have much of nightlife clubs. They are mostly bars with high sound mainly due to over night stays by truck drivers, individuals families those planning to cross border into Tanzania.
Karonga district is a safe destination for both visitors and residents. We look forward to welcoming you.