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Blantyre is Malawi’s oldest and largest city set in the Shire Highlands in the south of the country. It’s name comes from the town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, where the explorer David Livingstone was born. As the main commercial centre, many people flock here to buy supplies and you will find busy traditional markets, as well as modern shopping malls, such as the glistening new Chichiri Mall, the country’s largest.
Lilongwe is the second largest city and capital, located in the central region of Malawi and lying on the Lilongwe River. It was for centuries as a small fishing village on the banks of the Lilongwe River and has gradually evolved. It is at the centre of the country near the borders of Mozambique and Zambia and was used as an administrative centre by Colonial Britain. The city is divided into New and Old. The Old Town to the South is based around the centuries old fishing village while New Town or Capital City grew up after President Banda moved the capital here from Zomba. New Town is where the government ministries, offices, Lilongwe accommodation and embassies are, and the Old Town is full of cafes, restaurants, bus stations and markets.

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