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Country  Zambia
Founded  1899
Climate  Aw
Population  455,783 (2010)
Province  Eastern Province
District  Chipata District
City status  2017
Elevation  1,140 m
Local time  Sunday 4:51 PM
Number of airports  1
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Weather  26°C, Wind NW at 10 km/h, 70% Humidity
University  Chipata College of Education

Chipata eastern province zambia

Chipata is the 5th developed City in Zambia, behind Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe and Livingstone. Its population is 455,783. Chipata was declared a City by His Excellence Edgar Chagwa Lungu on 24 February 2017 after Massive developments of the town in the recent years.Chipata is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia. Having a town, a modern market, a Central Hospital, shopping malls, University, Colleges and a number of schools, Chipata is the business and administrative hub that serves the region. The town boasts a four star hotel, a golf course, an airport, a mosque, and even a "welcome arch". Developed areas includes Kalongwezi, Moth,and Bombay.


Map of Chipata, Zambia

The City is the regional head of the Ngoni of Zambia. As such, Ngoni is the primary language, although Nyanja and English are widely spoken, plus some Indian languages, as a large number of Zambian Indians live in the town. Chipata is located near the border with Malawi, and lies on the Great East Road which connects the capitals Lilongwe (130 km) and Lusaka (550 km). The City is a popular access point for the South Luangwa National Park.

A walk around nsingo hostel at chizongwe technical school in chipata zambia


Chipata comes from the Ngoni word "Chimpata" meaning "large space," in reference to the town's situation in a shallow valley between hills. The name of the central neighborhood of Kapata, the original center of town, comes from the Ngoni word meaning "small space."

Chipata was formerly known as Fort Jameson (and informally as "Fort Jimmy"), being named after Leander Starr Jameson, a 19th-century politician and adventurer. Even during the colonial period, few agreed that Jameson, who is mainly known for his part in the unwise Jameson Raid, fully deserved the honour of having any town named after him. Like 'Fort Manning' and 'Fort Rosebery', Fort Jameson was called a "fort" because the local government offices, the "boma", were once fortified.


Chipata is located in the Eastern Part of [Zambia].


  • Kalongwezi
  • Kapata
  • Kumodzi
  • Morth
  • Muchini
  • Nabvutika
  • Government

    The mayor of the city of Chipata is the head of the city government.


  • Chewa
  • Tumbuka
  • Ngoni
  • Nsenga
  • Economy

    A significant amount of trade occurs between Zambia and Malawi via Chipata.


    The Nchwala ceremony takes place on the outskirts of the city of Chipata.

    Primary education

  • Hillside Primary School
  • Mpezeni Primary School
  • Secondary education

  • Anoya Zulu Secondary School
  • Chizongwe Technical School
  • Tertiary education

  • Chipata Teacher's Training Collection
  • Chipata Trades Training Institute
  • Chipata School of Nursing
  • Transport

    A rail link to Chipata from Malawi (via Mchinji ) opened in August 2011. Chipata will now act as the Zambian railhead and entry point from Malawi and beyond. In the pipeline since 1982, the short link (about 35 km) provides a through-route for rail traffic from Zambia via Malawi to the Indian Ocean deepwater port at Nacala in Mozambique. The route and alignment of the line has been laid out, including the site of Chipata station and the basic station building. The route will provide an alternative to two existing rail routes to the Indian Ocean, at Dar es Salaam and Beira.

    In 2015 it was proposed to build a rail link to Serenje, a small town on the TAZARA railway line.


    Chipata Wikipedia