Lilongwe is the young capital of Malawi (44 photos)
Lilongwe is the young capital of Malawi (44 photos)
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Photo tour of Lilongwe
Lilongwe was founded in 1902 by British colonizers. In 1975, after gaining independence, the city received the status of the capital (until 1975, the capital of Malawi was Zomba). Lilongwe is the city young and alien to the militant urbanism. Here, perhaps, there are only a dozen high-rise buildings located in the City Centre or close to it. Basically Lilongwe is a one-storey city, consisting of a mass of private properties, which are located here on an area of about 70 square kilometers. Lilongwe stretches for 25 kilometers in the North-South direction and 15 kilometers in the West-East direction. The population of Lilongwe is just over a million people.
Lilongwe is located on a upland (1100 meters), so there is no extreme hot weather here. However, we found this city very dusty. We were in Lilongwe at the end of August. Maybe the cause of dust is lack of precipitation and wind at this time. Strong winds blow in Malawi in late August and early September.
Lilongwe is difficult for hiking. The city is extensive, it has grown in width, everything is very far from each other. The streets, aside from mains, not have names. All Lilongwe is divided into Areas with numbers. We counted 53 Areas. Each Area can be divided into sectors. Addresses in Lilongwe are as follows: AA\S\HHH , where AA is the Area number, S is the sector number, HHH is the number of land site or home. No logic is seen in the location of the Areas.
We will begin our photo tour of Lilongwe from the large round square in the middle of the city, on the perimeter of which are located Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) and President Walmont Hotel. Here is this square, the building on the right is President Walmont Hotel, on the left is BICC. Two towering over the trees buildings a little further--a business district (called City Centre) of Lilongwe:
Views of the City Centre:
From the square at BICC to the City Centre about 200 meters to the South, through the Presidential Way (highway, crossing Lilongwe from West to East). Presidential Way:
City Centre, view from the Presidential Way, three-storey building on the left is branch of the Bank FMB. In the parking lot there are umbrellas for cars:
The same branch of the Bank FMB, view from the other side:
Behind the Bank is the building we saw from afar. As already noted, the tall buildings in Lilongwe are few, so each of them has a name. Meet Gemini House:
We go 150 meters forward, through the arch in the Gemini House, and here is another, visible from afar, building. Kangonibe House:
From the West, the City Centre is bounded by the road called Convention Drive. There's a gas station near the highway. View of City Centre from the gas station (on the right is Kangonibe House):
The point 150 metres South:
The southern edge of the City Centre (about a kilometer South of the Presidential Way), on the right was already a wasteland:
Also the southern outskirts of the City Centre, the building Reserve Bank of Malawi:
Half a kilometer North of the starting point of our photo tour (of the Bingu International Convention Centre) there is a complex of government buildings--Capital Hill. This is where all the ministries, the President's office and the Vice President's office are located. There are no fences and you can walk freely. There are armed guards here, but nobody prevented us from taking pictures.
The entire government complex consists of such buildings, there are about a dozen of them:
There are gold trees here:
A lot of dry leaves:
And the women having stately posture walk the paths:
World War I Memorial
A few hundred meters West of Capital Hill is perhaps the most famous symbol of Lilongwe--World War I Memorial. Memorial was officially opened on November 11, 2007. This is the memory of the Malawian soldiers who died during the first world war. Behind the monument you can see the white building, it is the Western outskirts of Capital Hill:
In front of the monument is a statue of the first President of Malawi. Hastings Kamuzu Banda (1898-1997) ruled the country from 1966 to 1994 and was declared President of Malawi for life:
Every year on may 14, Malawi celebrates Hastings Kamuzu Banda day. Official events are held here at his statue. Behind the statue World War I Memorial is:
Plants around the memorial:
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Two kilometers South of BICC, near the Kenyatta highway, there is a wildlife corner open to visitors--Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. The entrance gate is wonderful, at the top of the gate there are brooms:
It is beautiful and cozy here, there are drawings on the walls of small houses:
Small wooden sculptures, for example, elephants:
Much is made in the traditional African style, here are the pergolas and fences:
The pointer is made of the curved board:
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is not a zoo. This is a rehabilitation center for animals that need help or treatment. The animals that have been rehabilitated here are then released to nature reserves or national parks. We managed to see crocodiles, here is one of them:
In Lilongwe Wildlife Centre there is a cafe where tourists can eat, a gift shop, wild trails for tourists, there are many signs and information stands.
This is a residential area, one of many. We can say, whole Lilongwe looks like the Area 47. There are a lot of greenery and many fences:
There are fences such:
Chilambula is genuine business centre of Lilongwe. In this location there are shops (including the two largest – Shoprite and Game), service companies, hotels, workshops. The pompous facade of the city, the City Centre, seems sleepy compared to the bustling life of Chilambula.
To Chilambula from the City Centre about 3 kilometers to the Southwest. You can get here on the road Kenyatta (on this road we got to Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, from Lilongwe Wildlife Centre to Chilambula is a few hundred meters). The Kenyatta road is the Southern boundary of the Chilambula. Here Kenyatta changes its name to Sharrar, on both sides of which are two huge store – Game, that sells mainly electronics, and Shoprite. The square in front of the Game store, a lot of cars and a lot of people:
Street Kirk in Chilambula, toward Sharrar:
A lot of advertising:
Advertising is everywhere, on billboards:
On the walls of buildings:
Evening. Through the center of the Chilambula a road of the same name--Chilambula--goes:
All for today. Good luck to everyone, and we went home.
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