Mangochi is mostly known as a quick port of call on the way to one of the nice beaches of Lake Malawi. The town is however well worth a visit. Check out the historical architecture and monuments such as the Queen Victoria Memorial Tower and the plaque commemorating Malawi's Titanic, the MS Vipya. Lake Malawi Museum is also worth a quick visit for its historical collection. The town is named after Mangochi Mountain. The Mountain, located on the east side of the Shire, holds the origins of the town, which is an old British fort constructed in an attempt to suppress the slave trade and establish colonial rule.
The fort is reached after stiff hike through a forest reserve which has elephant occasionally passing through. With its great view over the valley it makes for a great picnic spot.