The 976 kilometer (607 mile) land boundary between Malawi and Zambia was first established as an internal British colonial border in the late nineteenth century. The frontier runs generally north-to-south, roughly following the drainage divide between the Zambezi River and Lake Malawi/Lake Nyasa. It was only delimited in rather general terms during the colonial period. After independence, Malawi and Zambia created a Joint Survey Commission to address the lack of a detailed boundary definition. Bilateral demarcation efforts were completed in 2011, and the two States maintain an active demarcation commission with occasional new boundary survey efforts.

Map showing the land boundary between Malawi and Zambia

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