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Region: Central Malawi
Attraction Type: Lake, Cultural / People



Often, but confusingly, described as the largest traditional village in Africa, Nkhotakota is rich in history. Visited by Dr Livingstone in 1863, it was then a major centre for the slave trade. From the lakeshore here, tens of thousands of slaves were shipped across the Lake and then force-marched to the coast. The slave trade, with its strong Arab connections, has meant that the Muslim faith is well represented in today’s town. In 1960 Dr Banda chose Nkhotakota for his first political rally on his release from prison and prior to Malawi gaining its independence.

The modern-day Nkhotakota Pottery is an off-shoot of the more famous Dedza Pottery. As well as being able to see potters at work and buy items from the shop, it's also possible to take a pottery course.