Located in Africa, Malawi is a paradise for those looking for beautiful landscapes without the crowd. The country offers natural diversity for animal lovers and adventure seekers, friendly locals and unique culture and cuisine.
Why Visit Malawi
LANDSCAPES & NATURE
Malawi has an incredible diversity of beautiful landscapes and scenery, with plateaux, highlands, forests, mountains, plains and more, is home to one of the biggest lakes in the world, the Lake Malawi. A UNESCO world heritage site, it offers the largest number of fish species in the world, 99% of which are endemic to the region. Is the perfect destination to combine “bush and beach”, as go from the beach to the lowlands within a couple hours. The country also has 9 National Parks filled with wildlife reserves and plenty of opportunities to go on a Safari.
Known as the “Warm heart of Africa” thanks to its warm and friendly locals, Malawi is considered to be an extremely tourist-friendly destination. It is common for locals to greet visitors, and they will be happy to share their culture and traditions with you.
Malawi is somewhat a hidden gem in Africa. The tourist industry is just starting to rise, allowing visitors to enjoy its amazing sites and landscapes without a crowd.
SAFETY: Malawi is relatively safe in comparison to its African neighbors. It is a peaceful country with low crime rate. There aren’t any urban chaos, traffic jams or any kind of internal wars.
CULTURE & HISTORY
Malawi has a rich culture thanks to its many different ethnic groups. Each of them have different languages, traditions, cuisine and customs. There are many historical buildings and museums open to tourists to visit and learn a little more about this interesting country.
What to expect
English is the official language in Malawi, however it is only spoken fluently by 4% of the population. Chichewa is the recognised national language, spoken by over 57% of the population. The country also has about 16 other native languages.
In Malawi the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage (220-240V) in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor. However, the national electrification rate is s 10%, with 37% of the urban population and only 2% of the rural population having access to electricity.
The Malawian kwacha is the currency of Malawi. Other foreign currencies, like dollars and euros, might be accepted in some tourist places and hotels but won’t be accepted in smaller establishments. You could exchange your money at the airport (recommended) or at exchange houses or banks, however a small fee will apply. Credit cards are accepted in hotels and big restaurants but cash is recommended for remote areas, as there are very few ATM, if any out of the city. 1 USD equals 734.39 Kwachas (as of 2020)
Malawi has a sub-tropical climate, relatively dry and strongly seasonal. Rainy season is from November to April, with approximately 95% of the annual precipitation takes place. The dry season lasts from September to October with average temperatures varying between 77°F (25°C) and 98.6°F (37°C).
Although Malawi is a very poor country, is relatively safe to visit. Violent crime is pretty much non-existent. However, muggings and robberies happen in larger cities, usually in Lilongwe, and in areas frequented by tourists. it is recommended to exercise caution to avoid muggers and bag-snatchers. Be cautious around the main bus stations and avoid walking around quiet areas after dark.
Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines , Samoa , Seychelles , South Africa , Tanzania , Trinidad and Tobago , Tuvalu , Uganda , Zambia and Zimbabwe are able to visit Malawi for up to 90 days without a visa.
Nationals of certain countries may obtain a visa on arrival to Malawi. The information on which countries are eligible is inconsistent. Depending on the purpose of visit, a traveler who has a valid visa is granted a Visitors Permit (VP) or Business Visit (BV) at the port of entry valid for 30 days and can be extended up to a maximum period of 90 days.
According to a document published by the Department of Immigration, nationals of all countries that are not visa exempt may obtain a visa on arrival. This is not applicable to nationals of the following 53 countries (who will require an eVisa in advance): Afghanistan , Algeria , Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, DR Congo, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
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