Lilongwe - Malawi capital
Tourists arriving in Lilongwe, know that itIt has the same name and the river, which flows near the city. On the other hand, the capital of Malawi is located near the river, which has the same name as that of the whole country. The second feature of the main city of the Republic of South Africa is that it is located near the border, side by side with Zambia and Mozambique.
City and nature
In Lilongwe, these two concepts are inseparable, thatIt promotes and geographical location (proximity of the rivers), and weather conditions, and equatorial monsoon climate. Evergreen tropical forests are a real gem of the city.
To get acquainted with the rich flora andMalawi fauna, do not even need to leave the capital. In the urban area is a nature reserve, its main inhabitants - birds presented in all their diversity. If desired, you can admire the leopards, tigers and hyenas, there are other dangerous inhabitants of the park - the crocodiles that live in the river Lingadzi crossing the park.
Shallow Dive into history
On the territory of Malawi scientists discovered stoneguns, dating back more than a million years, apart from them, and found the remains of hominids, ancient human ancestors. But the capital Lilongwe, unfortunately, can not boast of such a long history.
The city has recently celebrated its centenary, founded ittravelers from the UK in 1902. And he does not claim the status of the capital, in the days of British rule, all administrative offices were located in the city with a ridiculous (for the Russian people) called - zombies.
In 1975, Malawi's authorities decided to move the capital Lilongwe, it was after this and began the rapid construction of urban areas, infrastructure development.
With faith in the future
Residents of the capital's center will have many moreto work hard to achieve success. To date in Lilongwe too few interesting tourist sites, as most of the building dates from the middle of the twentieth century, and has no zest.
Of the most interesting entertainment - a walk inOld Town, which has preserved the building a hundred years ago, remembering the first colonists. The second route and interesting photos can be linked to the local market, which hovers a real African flavor. The list of major products, attracting visitors from Europe are:
- fabrics, hand-painted by local craftswomen;
- terrible charms for practicing voodoo magic;
- ceremonial wooden masks;
- women's and men's jewelry made of natural materials.
It is clear that the bargain is possible and necessary, but also closely monitor the purse and other things.