Welcome to Malawi
In Malawi, you can chill on the beach, dive or snorkel in the clear waters of Lake Malawi, hike on Mount Mulanje and the Zomba Plateau. Walk along the Nyika Plateau. Watch for lions at the Majete Wildlife Reserve.
You’ll soon see why this charming sub-Saharan African country is known as the “warm heart of Africa.” It’s beautiful, compact and hospitable and offers an incredibly diverse level of sightseeing, culture and natural beauty.
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Need To Know
- The word Malawi means “fire flames.” The country is so named for the rising sun’s reflection on Lake Malawi.
- There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malawi: Lake Malawi National Park and Chongoni Rock Art Area (127 sites of the richest collection of rock art in Central Africa).
- Dance plays a vital role in Malawian culture. Traditional dances can be seen during almost every ritual and marriage celebration.
- The largest number of fish species of any lake in the world is found in Lake Malawi. The cichlids, a popular aquarium fish, are endemic to the lake.
- Tea bushes were first planted in Malawi in 1886 and it was the first African country to grow tea on a commercial scale. The country is the second-largest tea producer after Kenya.
Malawi’s official language is English.
When To Go
The best time to go to Malawi is from early May to late October.
Kamuzu International Airport, Lilongwe
Passport must be valid for six months beyond arrival date.
Visa Required By US Citizen?
The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Malawi: Hepatitis A, Malaria and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Cholera, Yellow Fever and Rabies vaccines.
Power plugs and sockets: type G. Standard voltage: 230V. Frequency: 50Hz.
Official local currency: Malawian kwacha
Most roads in Malawi do not have sidewalks, so be aware of pedestrians and livestock on the roadways both day and night. Secondary roads are poorly lit, in disrepair and may be impassable during the November-April rainy season.
Public transportation is unreliable and accidents are common. Opt for the modern coach buses that are increasingly common on the main cross-country routes.
An international driving permit is required.
US Embassy Info
U.S. Embassy Lilongwe
Area 40, City Center
Telephone: +(265) 1-773-166, 1-773-342 and 1-773-367 (Dial “0” before the “1” within Malawi)
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(265) (0)999-591024 or +(265) (0) 888-734-826
Fax: +(265) 1-774-471 (Dial “0” before the “1” within Malawi)
Local Visitor Info
Lilongwe City Mall
Tel: 0111 722702
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
General Emergency: 999
Safety and Security
Crime is common in Malawi. Most crimes against tourists involve property, including robbery and pickpocketing. Avoid traveling on foot at night.
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