At the base of the Zomba Plateau is the town of Zomba, formerly the capital of the country and seat of government; the first settlement of the colonial administration. It has some interesting buildings and monuments; the Cobbe Barracks are home to what were the King’s African Rifles (now the Malawi Rifles) and a clock-tower serves as their World War I memorial. The Gymkhana Club and old Residency of the first commissioner of Nyasaland are wonderful relics of the town’s colonial past. Zomba is also home to the University of Malawi, the old parliament buildings and one of the country’s State Houses. A small botanical garden and wonderfully sited golf course make the most of the lush low slopes of the plateau. Some 9 miles or so outside Zomba is the notorious Mikuyu Jail, where Dr Banda incarcerated many of his political prisoners. There is simple accommodation in the town but the Zomba Plateau is often the choice of tourists.
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