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Dedza
Region: Central Malawi
Attraction Type: Landscape / Scenic, Cultural / People

 

Dedza

Lying just over 80km south-east of Lilongwe, Dedza is a town of interest for a variety of reasons. At 1600m (5300ft) it is the highest town in the country. It sits in a beautiful landscape of forests and highlands, with the tree-covered Dedza Mountain rising up immediately behind the town.

The area has been settled since pre-historic times and artistic traditions old and new are still to be found. At the Dedza Pottery craftsmen can be viewed in the workshops and factory, producing a variety of items, from mugs and dinner services to table lamps and tiles. Many are decorated with brightly coloured designs or local scenes and all are sold at the factory shop. Dedza Pottery products are found all round Malawi, as well as being sold for export. With a charming tea shop selling delicious cakes, the pottery is a popular stop between Lilongwe and Blantyre. The new Dedza Pottery Lodge now offers the chance to stay at Dedza, and see something of this wonderful area, including visits to a local village and the nearby Chongoni Rock Art.