Nkhata Bay District

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Location of Nkhata Bay District in Malawi

Nkhata Bay is a district in the Northern Region of Malawi. The capital is Nkhata Bay. The district covers an area of 4,071 km.² and has a population of 164,761.


Lake Malawi bounds the district on the east. The western portion of the district lies in the Viphya Mountains.

Nkhata Bay District houses the charity group Ripple Africa in Mwaya and the charity Temwa, [1] in Usisya.

Government and administrative divisions

There are six National Assembly constituencies in Nkhata Bay: [2]


At the time of the 2018 Census of Malawi, the distribution of the population of Nkhata Bay District by ethnic group was as follows: [3]


Nkhata Bay is populated by the Tonga. However some parts like Usisya have Tumbuka people. The predominant language is Chitonga. Other languages like Chitumbuka, Chichewa, Khobwe, English and kiyankhonde are also spoken. The people of Nkhata Bay have several dances that they play according to seasons. Some of the dominant cultural dances are Malipenga (men), Chilimika (women) and Honala. These dances are devoid of a religious attachment. They are danced for entertainment.


The majority of the people in the district are agriculturalists growing cassava, which is their staple food. Apart from cassava they also grow groundnuts, bananas, maize, pigeon peas and millet. The people along the lake earn their living through fishing. They catch usipa, batala, utaka, bombe among others. Very few of the populace are in wage employment at Chombe and Vizara where tea and rubber are cultivated. Most of the times, 80% of the male active population goes to work in other countries such as Tanzania and South Africa.

Nkhata Bay much known by European tourists and regard it as Switzerland of Malawi due to its mild to moist weather and hilly terrain.

Notable residents

From Nkhata-bay we have seen football players make a cut in the national team and national Football league clubs as professionals, these are Richard Banda Mwanabola, Christopher Banda, Charles Phiri, John Banda, Spy Msisya, Zolo Msisya, Frank Banda, Ficher Kondowe, Micium Mhone without excluding famous players like Brain Malowe Ndau, Aaron Chulu, Charles Kheza, Joe Mkumbira Phiri, Abel Mkandawire who played in bigger clubs in the national Premier league of Malawi.

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Lake Malawi at Nkhata Bay
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Nkhata Bay District, North of Nkhata Bay

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Tonga is a Bantu language spoken mainly in the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi. The number of speakers is estimated to be 170,000. According to the Mdawuku wa Atonga (MWATO) there are also significant numbers of speakers living elsewhere in Malawi and in neighbouring countries.


  1. "Community-led development". Temwa. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  2. Bay Parliament of Malawi - Members of Parliament - Nkhata Bay District
  3. 2018 Malawi Population and Housing Census Main Report
  4. History Section, Department of Antiquities, Malawi

Coordinates: 11°30′S34°00′E / 11.500°S 34.000°E / -11.500; 34.000