Bangula is a small town in the African state of Malawi with an estimated 5,000 inhabitants, located at the southern end of the Elephant March , a fertile and densely populated floodplain of the Shire River that is 80 km long and up to 30 km wide . Chiromo , with which Bangula grows, is barely three kilometers to the east .
Bangula is the second economic center of this area after Chikwawa at the north end of the marsh. A railroad and road bridge spans the Shire River in Bangula. There is a corn mill there. In addition to the tracks, until the railway line was destroyed in the Mozambican civil war, sugar was transshipped from the plantations in the march to the export port of Beira in Mozambique , but also imported goods such as artificial fertilizers or Indian bicycles. There is the Kalemba Health Clinic and a secondary school. The inhabitants live mainly at the foot of the Thyolo , the slightly higher edges of the marsh. Bangula has a 1,000 m long runway. From here partly single-lane asphalt roads lead to Chikwawa and Nsanje, as well as a paved dirt road via Thekarani and Thyolo to Blantyre , which leads over the ridge to the Shire highlands .