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Welcome to Nkhotakota


A basic African town on the shores of Lake Malawi, Nkhotakota has a traditional market and a few hotels and bars, but the main attractions are in the surrounding areas. The Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve has hot springs and hippo pools, and the beaches of Lake Malawi offer activities like kayaking, snorkelling and cruises. The Kassasa Club has a golf course as well.

Nkhotakota played an important part in Malawi's history as the place where David Livingstone met with slave traders in an attempt to end the slave trade in Malawi, and knowledgeable guides conduct walking tours of historical points of interest around Nkhotakota.

Information & Facts

English is the official language, but Chichewa is more commonly spoken.

The official currency is the Malawi Kwacha (MWK), which is divided into 100 tambalas. Travellers cheques and foreign currencies are accepted by banks, authorised hotels and other institutions in the main town centres; bureaux de change are also available. The US dollar is the easiest currency to exchange. Credit cards are not widely accepted and ATMs are scarce and should not be relied upon. Exchanging currency on the black market is not recommended.

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