Mzuzu is the capital of Malawi’s northern region. It falls under Mzimba district the largest district in the region. Mzuzu is Malawi’s third-largest city. The main languages of communication are Tumbuka, Chichewa, English and little bit of Swahili and Tonga.
Mzuzu is a service centre for the remote areas in the northern region of Malawi. It has all necessary facilities such as banks, petrol stations, supermarkets, post office, etc. There is a good and a bustling market that is well worth a visit. Mzuzu’s location on the main route to Tanzania, means there can be a wider range of goods available that one might otherwise expect.
Transport: its one of the most easily accessible cities in Malawi. Daily coaches from morning to evening from Blantyre, Lilongwe, Karonga and regional coaches from Dar es salaam and Johannesburg. Local buses can be boarded at Mzuzu bus depot and coaches to South Africa i.e Citiliner and Intercape from Kentam mall. For flights, Mzuzu airport currently only Ulendo airlink has a regular commercial service to Lilongwe and likoma island. Malawian Airlines is still yet to launch a flight to Mzuzu airport.
Accommodation: Mzuzu has countless options from the upmarket hotels like the Grant Palace Hotel and Sunbird Mzuzu to budget guest houses. Other available options are Ilala crest lodge, Katoto guest house, Thoza garden lodge, Umunthu camp and lodge. For meetings and events i would recommend Sunbird and Grant Palace hotels. Sunbird hotel is located next to Mzuzu golf course.
Shopping: Mzuzu is a growing city its main shopping centre is Mzuzu mall and other options like Kentam mall, Peoples supermarkets, Taifa markets, Mzuzu market and for fresh farm produce you go to Zigwagwa market.
Healthcare they are a number of clinics around Mzuzu. For major illnesses one will be referred to Saint John of God hospital or Mzuzu central hospital. Mzuzu central hospital is the largest health facility in the Northern region.
Restaurants and eating out: Mzuzu has countless venues for dates, family and friends outings. Nyika restaurant at Sunbird Mzuzu, Mzuzu coffee den you will be served Malawi’s best locally grown coffee and continental dishes. Mzuzu coffee its a cooperative of smallholder farmers in the Northern region its certified for exporting and served in various oulets in the United Kingdom.
Foodies: Mzuzu is multi cultural city you will definitely find a variety of dishes. For visitors you should try Futali. This is a traditional Malawian dish is prepared with a choice of pumpkin, sweet potato, cassava or plantains. Preferred vegetables are cooked in salted water and are then mashed and combined with peanut flour. Its safe to drink tap water in Mzuzu.
Attractions: lake Malawi is just 45km away in the resort town of Nkhata bay and northwards they is Nyika national park which is Malawi’s largest national park on the Zambian border. On the high-altitude Nyika Plateau, the park encompasses grassland and wooded valleys. Mountain-bike tracks and footpaths offer views of wildlife such as elephants, zebras, antelope, bushbucks and leopards. Rich birdlife includes rare species like wattled cranes and red-winged francolins. Seasonal orchids and other wildflowers dot the landscape.
Nightlife: Mzuzu has some few night joints for nightlife lovers. Within the central business district there is Queens night club, Sports cafe and on the outskirts there is Paris bar and Little havana bar and sports lounge. For upmarket they is Nyika and Choma bars at Sunbird Mzuzu.
Sport: the biggest sporting facility is Mzuzu stadium. Three teams from Mzuzu play in TNM super league which are Mzuni united, Eagle strikers and Moyale united.
Protected buildings: Mzuzu just like any other city has protected areas. Mostly government buildings which are State House, Reserve Bank of Malawi, High Court, etc
Mzuzu welcomes you all. Its compact in size and easy to navigate through. Crime rate is very low in Mzuzu its safe throughout the day friendly people.