General Information on Malawi

Location

Malawi is a land locked country located in the southern part of Africa and sharing boarders with Tanzania to the North and North-East, Zambia to the West and Mozambique to the East and South-West.

Passports & Visas

A full valid passport with at least 6 months validity is required for entry into Malawi. Visas are not required for most commonwealth and EU countries for tourist visits. We would recommend that you verify the Visa requirements for your country before travel. 

For nationalities that require a Visa, these cannot be obtained on arrival and must be obtained in advance from the nearest Malawi diplomatic mission.

Currency

The Malawian currency is the Malawi Kwacha (MWK), which is made up of 100 Tambala. Major foreign currencies are readily convertible into the local currency at various banks and several reputable bureaux de change in all major cities of the country .

Visa cards are accepted at some of the properties in the cities and around the Lake, however the use of both foreign currency and credit cards can be difficult outside major centres.

Health and Safety

Malaria is prevalent in some parts of Malawi and visitors are recommended to take prophylactics. 

Immunisation against polio, tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A is recommended.

Malawi is considered a safe country for tourist and her people known for their friendliness; however, the usual precautions as would be advisable for tourists anywhere should be taken.

Climate

Malawi is always beautiful.

May to August/September the dry and cool months with the odd shower and great months to visit the lake shore areas.

October and November are hot and sometimes humid month, they are the best months for Bird watchers.

December to March are quite hot and also the rainy season. Some roads, especially in the national parks are not accessible during these months.

What to Bring

Normal holiday gear plus mosquito/insect repellent for the evenings. Malawians are generally conservative and it is good for visitors to respect local customs and traditions when visiting villages and markets.