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Chikwawa (Malawi)
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Coordinates 16 ° 2 ′  S , 34 ° 48 ′  E Coordinates: 16 ° 2 ′  S , 34 ° 48 ′  E
Basic data
Country Malawi


Southern region
District Chikwawa
height 41 m
surface -
Metropolitan area 4755 km²
Residents 6114 (2018)
Metropolitan area 356,682
density -Template: Infobox location / maintenance / density
Metropolitan area 75  Ew. / km²
View of the elephant march at Chikwawa from the Chikwawa-Blantyre road
Baobab and sugar cane plantations near Chikwawa

Chikwawa is a 41  m high city in Malawi . Chikwawa is on the Shire River and its tributary Kubula at the northern end of the Elephant March . It has 6114 inhabitants (2018 census), 15,000 people live in the agglomeration. It is the capital of the district of the same name with an area of ​​4755 km² and 356,682 inhabitants.

Chikwawa is on the asphalt road from Blantyre to Bangula and on to Mozambique towards Beira . At Chikwawa there is a fixed bridge over the Shire. The nearest bridges are 40 kilometers upstream at Mpatamanga Gorge on the Blantyre- Mwanza (border) - Tete road in Mozambique ( Zambezi bridge or ferry) and 80 kilometers downstream at Bangula. Chikwawa itself is comparatively widely distributed on both sides of the Shire and the Kubula . The concrete bridge leads over the river behind the Shire knee to the mouth of the Kubula, not quite halfway to the next knee.

Chikwawa is the northern center, Bangula the southern center of the Elephant March, a 80 km long and up to 30 km wide floodplain, which is largely under water in the rainy season. It is comparatively densely populated. Intensive arable and fruit growing is practiced here. Sugar cane is grown in plantations. Chikwawa is market town. A paved path leads from the town to the Kapichira Falls of the Shire River.

Chikwawa has elementary and secondary schools, the Chikwawa District Hospital , a 1,000-meter-long airstrip, is a Catholic diocese and the seat of the bishop. Geologically, Chikwawa belongs to the Karoo main basin of southern Africa, of which it is the northern border. Coal seams are suspected to be related to those of Moatize across the Marangwe mountain range in Mozambique.

Chikwawa is the seat of the Chikwawa diocese .

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