Zaburi Beach Resort is located in the district of Mangochi on 45 acres of tropical indigenous Palm forest. Mangochi is situated between Lake Malawi and Lake Malombe, but it is still seen as associated with the former. Previously called Fort Johnston, it was established to prevent the slave traffic from moving northwards on to Zanzibar.

Today, Mangochi has a number of historical monuments dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century. These include a clock tower erected in memory of Queen Victoria and a Hotchkiss gun taken from the Gwendolen, a gun boat which patrolled Lake Malawi from 1889 to 1940. Alongside the clock tower is a simple stone memorial to the 145 lives lost when the mv Viphya ship sank in 1946. There is also a museum and modern Catholic Cathedral in the town

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