Chipata Town

Chipata used to be known as Fort Jameson back when Zambia was still Northern Rhodesia and was an important trading post in the early part of the century. Now it is a bustling town where you can buy almost anything. Colourful markets selling fruit, vegetables, chitenje cloths, second hand clothing and little trinkets. There is a large Indian community here and their presence is evident in the number of ornate and colourful mosques around the town. It is also the gateway to Malawi and many Zambians cross the border regularly to do shopping trips in Lilongwe only an hour and a half away.  Its also the Gateway to the Luangwa Valley. There are a few motels to stay at here that are basic but clean. (see Directory.) There is also a Campsite run by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Look for the blue and white sign on the