Zomba Flights:

Flights to Zomba

image of ZombaZomba is one of the larger cities in Malawi and was once the nation’s capital before Lilongwe was given that honour. The city is not overly large and the facilities for tourists are simple. They do have a large and busy marketplace that has vendors selling fruits, vegetables, baskets, clothing and other local goods. Other than that, most people who come to Zomba are interested in the several nature parks that are all a short drive away.

Though it is 240km away, the Lilongwe International Airport (airport code: LLW) is the closest major airport for flights to Zomba. There are regular buses that go between Lilongwe and Zomba, or you can rent a car. You can get a one-stop flight to Zomba from South Africa to arrive in Lilongwe with Zambezi Airlines or South African Airways. Both will make their transfer in Lusaka. You could also book with Kenya Airways, and they have a connection in Nairobi instead.

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The Tourist Attractions of Zomba:

Zomba Nature Reserve
The main feature of this reserve is the Zomba Plateau, covered with heavy forest and a number of waterfalls. The way to the top is not that steep and it makes for a popular hike for visitors to Zomba. You can see for miles, and there is an inn on the plateau if you wish to spend the night. The protected area of the park continues to the north as the Malosa Forest Reserve.

Liwonde National Park
A short drive farther north than these parks is the larger Liwonde National Park. Through the on-site lodges, you can arrange tours through the park on foot, by boat or jeep drives. The park is made up of forest and grassland, with the Shire River flowing through it as well so there are many ecosystems to see. The animals at Liwonde include hippos, elephants, crocodiles, buffalo and a number of different types of antelope.

Lake Chilwa
Lake Chilwa is directly east of Zomba and not far at all. It is not specifically a wildlife park, so don’t expect any such services, but there are large flocks of native wetland birds around the lake, and many small traditional fishing villages to see as well.

Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve
After the forested regions of the other parks, you can get a change of scenery at the Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve. There are mountainous plateaus through this park as well, though it is much rockier than the Zomba Nature Reserve. Hiking can be strenuous in some areas, and you can try a little true rock climbing in others. Wildlife is not as abundant as at the other parks, but you will see many small antelope species as well as large populations of birds.

When Should You Visit?:

Zomba is warm all year long with a few months of more extreme heat. There is also a very distinct rainy season. The hottest weather is in October and November when it reaches a daytime high of 29C (85F) on average. The heaviest rains come not long after, usually in December through February. Outside of that, the best time for sight-seeing around Zomba is in June and July when it is only 22C (72F) in the daytime. Rains are also very minimal during those months.

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