Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Banyai, one of the aboriginal races of Matabililand, South Central Africa, now largely reduced, absorbed or driven north to the Zambesi by the Ama-Ntabele (Matabili) intruders from Zululand. They are now chiefly confined to the right bank of the Zambesi above the Kafukwa confluence. The Banyai are physically a very fine race, tall, well-proportioned, and of remarkably light brown complexion; speech, a Bantu dialect akin to the Chinyanja of Nyassaland.