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Zomba Town
Region: South Malawi
Attraction Type: Cultural / People


Zomba Town

Just forty miles north of Blantyre is Zomba, former capital of the country and seat of government. In a beautiful setting below the plateau of the same name, this was the first settlement of the colonial administration. It has some interesting buildings and monuments. The Cobbe Barracks are home to what were the King’s African Rifles (now the Malawi Rifles) and a clocktower serves as their World War I memorial. The Gymkhana Club and old Residency of the first commissioner of Nyasaland are wonderful relics of the town's colonial past. Zomba is also home to the University of Malawi, the old parliament buildings and one of the country’s State Houses. A small botanical garden and wonderfully sited golf course make the most of the lush low slopes of the plateau. Some 15 km (9 miles) or so outside Zomba is the notorious Mikuyu Jail, where Dr Banda incarcerated many of his political prisoners. There is simple accommodation in the town but the Zomba Plateau is often the choice of tourists. Nearby along the Zomba-Blantyre road is Hill Springs Lodge.