Mufasa Lodge and Backpackers

Kamuzu Procession Road, PO Box 7 Lumbadzi, SS Rent a Car Building, Lilongwe, Malawi
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going to Malawi in July

by jfromhannover

We want to go to Malawi in July on vacation for about 4 weeks.
We are looking for cheap flights from Germany to Malawi and nice places in Malawi? Any suggestions for us? For sure, we will go to the lake Malawi to the Nkwichi Lodge. Any experiences?Is it possible to rent a car? And if yes, where and how much does is cost per day?
Looking forward for some information.
Thanks in advance
fromhannover

RE: going to Malawi in July

by LukeIRL

Hi.
KLM/Kenya Airways do cheap flights from Amsterdam-Nairobi-Lilongwe(Malawi) for about €800 return. I have heard Nkwichi Lodge is beautiful, and check out Kaya Mawa lodge too, on Likoma Island, which is supposed to be great too.

If you like the outdoors, Mulanje mountain in the south is unmissable, even if you only go to swim in the waterfalls. Mzuzu market is always a fun place to visit, and Nkhata Bay is the best place for a party, while Nkhwazi Lodge or Makuzi Beach are two other lodges for relaxation. I would recommend visiting Livingstonia, which is a beautiful place to go hiking, although I doubt a rented car would make it up the road - you could walk it.

Cars can be rented easily in Lilongwe and Blantyre, ask the airport. It's not expensive, and fuel is a bit cheaper than Europe.

Travel Tips for Lilongwe

Rambling capital

by Kurtdhis

This rambling capital city has a good variety of restaurants, shops and cinemas, as well as embassies, travel agents, smart hotels and supermarkets. It is a good place to shop for crafts and curios.

ATM in Lilongwe

by georeiser

My experience was that 50 USD notes is the best. 20 USD notes gives a lower rate and 100 USD notes creates some suspiciousness regarding fake money. There are several ATM's in Lilongwe. Most of them take VISA. Mastercard is however not that easy. I didn't find it, but according to other websites it is a ATM for Mastercards at Lilongwe Airport. ATM has a daily limit of 20,000 MWK, which is 140 USD at official rate. Note that there is a black market of money changing in Malawi. You will get the lousy 15% lower rate at ATM's compared to the streets.

Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary - wild animals

by frockland

In the middle between Old Town and City Centre on Kenyatta Rd near the Lingadzi River is Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary located. The area covers about 120 hectares of woodlands with some good hiking trails. At the entrance there is a wildlife information centre. The following animals can be seen: Duiker, Crocodile, Warthog, Porcupine and many different species of birds. In a small zoo are some snakes, leopard, hyena and even two tigers.

Friendly city

by Ramonq

"City Description"

Lilongwe is the capital city of Malawi, which proudly calls itself "The warm heart of Africa". Malawi is one of the smallest countries in Africa and its people are one of the friendliest. I thought this slogan would be a cliche, but it is true that Malawians are quick to smile and offer help when in need. This is despite that Malawi is one of the poorest countries on earth. Lilongwe, its capital city is a small town with a population of about 500,000. Even though it is the capital city, it only comes second when it comes to population size, Blantyre being its largest.

Lilongwe, located in the central midlands of Malawi, is low rise with only a few buildings that rise above 10 floors. The administrative civic buildings are far removed from the commercial heart. In fact the city is divided into areas. Areas 1, 2 and 3 lying near the Lilongwe river are called the Old Town where markets and shopping centres are located. Here, small modern arcades have been built next to traditional craft markets. In the Old Town, there is a beehive of activities where people buy and sell wares which come from Malawi's agricultural hinterlands. Lilongwe has become the agricultural dropping point where farm produce are bought and sold especially in Area 2 where the biggest markets are located and its largest mosque. Although Malawi is 70 % Christian, a substantial 20% are Islamic mainly from the Yao tribes.

The administrative centre where all the ministry and parliamentary buildings are located north of the Old Town. This area is called the City Centre and it looks modern and relatively affluent if not soul-less. Banks, offices, and government buildings dot the place, but they are far apart from each other. Even its shopping area looks functional and boring.

Between the two major regions is a vast park called the Nature Sanctuary where one can take respite from the humdrum of the city, however, this area has quite a lote of muggings.

At the beginning of the 20th century, he city was a merely small village on the banks of the Lilongwe river. Because of its strategic location which falls along the main north-south route, British colonialist made Malawi an important agricultural centre. Lilongwe grew to become Malawi's second largest city in Malawi. However, in 1974, was chosen to become the capital of the country replacing Zomba now the country's fourth largest.

Ever since this move, Lilongwe has grown rapidly and may take over Blantyre. There is a friendly rivalray between Lilongwe and Blantyre each trying to outdo each other as to which one is more modern. At the moment Lilongwe is the political centre of Malawi, but Blantyre remains the economic capital owing to the latter's proximity to the trade routes from South Africa.

I walked around Lilongwe with much ease and little concern about security. It is a pleasant place to stopover in between trips between the game parks of Zambia to the Lake and beyond. Lilongwe is relatively modern and affluent compared to the abject poverty in Malawi's countryside. Since Malawi is an agricultural country, most of its population live in rural villages. The modern life in Lilongwe is far removed from your average Malawian. Yet problems in the countryside affect Lilongwe. Thousands of orphans from AIDS-ravaged countryside move to Lilongwe and they eke out a living from the charity of others. It is a sad reality of Southern Africa, and Lilongwe cannot isolate itself from it. The politicians and non-government organisations are based here, and they are the ones who could offer solutions to the problems of Malawi

Lilongwe - Lovely, But Not for Gastronomes

by TomiH

"Experience the Markets"

Lilongwe has next to none 'classic' sights except the streets full of life and an excellent market. Again, it's not the variety of products to take home, but the atmosphere and the people. Of course there are the stalls filled with beautiful african textiles for almost no costs and of pretty good quality.

Lilongwe is also a great place to book tickets or jump onboard a bur going to nature parks, Monkey Bay, Salima and Senga bay etc. Taxis are also a feasible option for long-distance travel, if you have someone to share the cost with. E.g. 100 km ride we took in a proper taxi (rare to find in Lilongwe, though) costed approx. 20 eur in the year 2003.

The most concrete and obvious downside of Lilongwe is the lack of proper restaurants, but if you're staying for a few nights only, it should be a problem.

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Address: Kamuzu Procession Road, PO Box 7 Lumbadzi, SS Rent a Car Building, Lilongwe, Malawi