Blantyre

Historically it was founded by Scottish settler missionaries in 1876, and named after the town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, where explorer David Livingstone was born, Blantyre is Malawi’s second-largest city. Though there’s not much to do here, this compact city with hilly topography, is a good springboard for exploring Majete Wildlife Reserve and Mt Mulanje. As Malawi’s commercial and industrial hub, Blantyre has the country’s best choice of restaurants, a small selection of lively watering holes, and a smattering of sight. Blantyre makes a pleasant stopover

Queen Victoria avenue, Blantyre

For transportation Wenela bus depot has buses and coaches to most of Malawi and regional coaches to South Africa and Zimbabwe. For aviation Chileka international Airport is the main hub for the southern region with direct flights to Lilongwe, Mzuzu and international flights to Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, south Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Locally for suburban trips there are small minibuses and cabs all across the city. For train journeys there are two weekly train services from Blantyre Station to Nanyuchi on the border with Mozambique.

Chileka international Airport

Attractions in Blantyre are numerous like soche hills, michiru view, saint Michael’s of all angels, mandala house, the old boma buildings, etc. Blantyre is home to some of Malawi’s historical buildings in Malawi. Blantyre’s historical importance is rivalled by no other Malawian city. It has many historic and cultural heritage resources, which constitute a vital part of the city and are crucial to its identity, cultural and social well-being and attractiveness to business and tourism.

Mandala house Malawi’s oldest building.

Sports and fitness Looking for a gym and sporting activities should not be a tough job when a traveller is in Blantyre city; simply stop by the Blantyre Sport Club. Located in the heart of the city, Blantyre Sports club has two evergreen golf courses in the middle of indigenous trees. The biggest sporting facility in Blantyre is Kamuzu Stadium the venue of the Blantyre derby a soccer match between two city rivals Nyasa bigbullets and Mighty Wandalers football clubs. Other sports centres are College of medicine sports complex, Blantyre Youth centre and the Chiwembe Sports complex.

Healthcare for mild illnesses the city has public and private clinics across and pharmacies. In the event of a major illness or emergency Queen Elizabeth Central hospital is the largest hospital in Malawi. For those planning to travel out of Malawi there can get their pcr done at the Queen Elizabeth hospital.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

On Accommodation Blantyre is home to some Malawi’s top hotels. At almost every corner you will find either a hotel, lodge or guest for every budget you can find yourself a place to sleep. The best hotels in the city are protea ryalls, Sunbird mount soche, hotel artyi, Crossroads, Golden peacock, etc.

Shopping Chichiri shopping centre is the largest in Blantyre for a western style and for local fresh produce and local crafts there is Blantyre market and Limbe market. For souvenirs. Chichiri Museum is just about 500m away from the shopping centre.

Chichiri shopping centre.

Foodies Blantyre been a commercial city and business hub. You will get different cusines i.e African, Asian, European,etc. The best place i would recommend lovestory cafe, 21 Grill on Hannover, Picasso restrauant, etc. At 21 grill The attention the servers give you is alone worth a reason to go (far superior to most other places where ‘service’ is not really a thing people know about).

21 Grill restaurant

Nightlife in Blantyre has developed a great reputation when it comes to nightlife options. New venues are opening up all the time and a number of places like Al Pacino’s Bar, Anchors Lounge, Blues Bars, HS Winehouse, Sky Lounge Bar, etc

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