Mandala House


This is the oldest building in Malawi, built in 1882 as a home for the managers of the African Lakes Corporation. It’s a quietly grand colonial house, encased in wraparound verandas and set in lovely gardens. Inside are the inviting Mandala Cafe, an eclectic art gallery and the Society of Malawi Library & Archive.

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1. Society of Malawi Library & Archive

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This library in the historic Mandala House contains a vast number of journals, books and photographs, some dating as far back as the 19th century. You…

4. St Michael and All Angels Church

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This magnificent red-brick Church of Central Africa Presbyterian building was preceded by a simpler structure, built by Scottish missionary Reverend DC…

6. Carlsberg Brewery

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Thanks to a Danish foreign minister who visited Malawi during the independence celebrations in 1966 and wasn't too impressed by the beer available, a…

7. Museum of Malawi

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Malawi’s interesting national museum has a few gems, including a royal ceremonial stool dating from the 16th century and a display on Gule Wamkulu dances…

8. Heritage Centre

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Just inside the reserve gate, this small open-air heritage centre and gift shop features a display of art and craftwork made in and around Majete by local…