The Lilongwe is a typical SPCA set up to help local stray dogs and cats. They do a good job with limited resources. Visit their website and consider making a donation. I gave in person during a recent business trip to Lilongwe and they are a legitimate organization.
It's the only wildlife sanctuary in Malawi and takes in rescued and orphaned wildlife from all over the country. They have all sorts of animals, including permanent residents such as Bella the lion and Kambuku the Leopard, and take in many that they rehabilitate ready for release.
They also have lots of wilderness trails to walk around and its a beautiful area, right in the heart of the city. If you have a day spare in Lilongwe you should definitely go here! There's a bar and a gift shop and its open 365 days a year. Lonely Planet put it as the number one highlight in the Central Region. You can also volunteer there.
Body massage is available at the fine hotels Sunbird Capital and Cresta Crossroads. Massage is also available at the Chinese run beauty salon opposite to Goodfellows bar, Noble House Chinese restaurant in Old Town and Bird Massage in Area 10 (New town).
A large mosque with two minarets is located in the intersection of Kamuzu Procession Road and Malangalanga road in the old town of Lilongwe. I'm not a muslim, but anyway I think this building is beautiful.
Lilongwe food market in the old town is a hectic place. The fish from Lake Malawi arrives with a truck at 5 AM, and is poured out on the ground so the traders can sort the fish (see photo). The other food traders come a little bit later. You can buy all kinds of African food at this market.
Lilongwe is marked by signs of the earlier colonial settlers. The World War 1 memorial clocktower is an example of that. The monument is located in the new town of Lilongwe, on the way to the airport.
Lilongwe Sanctuary is currently being redeveloped to provide an environmental centre of excellence in the region. i spent a couple of weeks there volunteering and shifting earth, building fences etc.
the pace of change is remarkable. definitely worth a visit .. give it some support!
You get your connecting flights from here...
The airport that has it all....
Lots of different types of aircrafts, and a stunning, open views of the distant landscape!
And, best of all, you can claim to have 'seen' another country! Okay, 'set foot in' another country.
But, you won't get your passports 'docked' here! For that you need to go to Namanga (in a different 'zone')
The Nature Sanctuary, situated between Old Town and City Centre, is an indigenous woodland reserve covering 150 Hectares (370 of acres), complete with the Lingadzi River and a variety of birds and mammals. There is a wildlife information centre and a number of walking trails through the woods.
Dr. Kabula is a Malawian "witch doctor". His small office is in a corner of Lilongwe’s central market. If he is not busy with a patient he’ll be happy to invite you into his office and have a chat. He is a well educated man with an interesting history. Dr. Kabula became a witch doctor after a career as a security guard at the French embassy and the Reserve Bank of Malawi. During that time he dispensed his medicine to his colleagues illegally. He was trained since his childhood by his grandfather, who even told him how to cure Aids.
“In those days it was called Kaliwondewonde”- which means ‘getting thinner and thinner’ – and it was very rare. But it was the same thing that we see so often today” (Guide to Malawi)
Not everybody can become a witch doctor: a special licence like a work permit is required, which every Sin´ganga has to carry with him.
Many people from all over the world sent letters to him.