The Limbe Market is said to have been established in 1906; it is located in Limbe within the Blantyre District in the southern region. The market serves the surrounding local areas of Chigumula, Mudi, Ndirande, Bangwe, Kanjedza, Kachere and Makhetha. It also serves surrounding districts like Mulanje, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, Zomba and Phalombe.
Next to the market is the Limbe city centre, which is well known as an industrial centre, where you can find numerous Chinese and Indian owned businesses.
You can travel to Limbe market by minibus, taxi, motorcycle or by foot.
To get to the market by minibus, you need to take a minibus from Blantyre CBD minibus rank called Mibawa Bus rank heading to Limbe via Chipembele Highway and get off at either Hardware Bus stop, or Kapenga bus stop, or at Limbe’s main bus depot.
It takes approximately 15 minutes to get there and it’s only a 10-minute walk down to the market. You should expect to pay about K1,000 return bus fare.
If you decide to use private transportation, it takes about 10 minutes to get to the market but, be aware that parking a car there is at your own risk.
Fruits and Vegetables: When you think of quality and cheap fruits and vegetables, Limbe Market is the place to visit. They have various varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fish: Limbe Market is also the center of fish trading, both fresh and dried fish are sold there at wholesale and retail. So, when you think of bulk buying fish, visit Limbe Market
Potatoes: You can also buy some Irish Potatoes in Limbe Market
Secondhand Clothes: Limbe Market is also full of secondhand clothes traders and there you can buy any kind of clothes.
Fueling stations: There are many fueling stations in Limbe and you won’t struggle to refuel your vehicle if you run out of fuel. Some of them are Petroda, Puma, Total and Mount Meru fueling stations
Banking services: There are lots of banking services in Limbe centre which are National Bank of Malawi, FDH Bank, Eco Bank and First Capital Bank which all operate from 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 11am Saturday
Communication services: There’s a Post office which is located near National Bank which is at Kapenga area
Computer and phone repairs: There are several phone and computer repair experts, located near the streets making it very easy for you to find them as you pass by.
Both the market and city centre in Limbe have a lot of shops. You can find many things from hardware and building materials to material cloth for sewing. Here are a few shops with their opening times
Timeline Electronics: They sell electronics such as Laptops, smart phones, and some other home appliances. They open Monday till Saturday from 8am to 4pm
Agricultural Equipment Ltd: They sell Agricultural machines like Maize mill, Maize Huller and their spares, they open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm
Vasila Electronics: They sell electronics such as smart phones, they open from 8am to 4pm
Cleanliness: Limbe is kept clean but can’t exceed Blantyre CBD cleanliness. I rate Limbe 2/5 on cleanliness
Price: Prices of products in Limbe Market are reasonably cheaper as compared to Blantyre CBD flea market and so I give it a rating of 4/5 for price.
Security: Limbe Market has lots of pickpockets who steal from people in congested areas. For this I give Limbe a safety rating of 1/5.
Limbe Market is full of products and services, anything you want can be found there, whether you need cheap wholesale prices or retail prices for products, Limbe is the place to visit
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ulemu matipula, is a freelance writer, based in Blantyre city, in Malawi. Apart from writing, he is also passionate about computers. He is currently studying Web Design at a local university. You can contact Ulemu by sending an email to [email protected]