Lilongwe Travel Guide

  • Antelope in the wilderness area
    Antelope in the wilderness area
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    Rescued monkeys in quarantine
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  • Streets of Lilongwe old town
    Streets of Lilongwe old town
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Lilongwe Highlights

  • Pro
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     Casual, compact, lively 

  • Con
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     Nothing much to do 

  • In a nutshell
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     Warm and friendly Town 

Lilongwe Things to Do

  • Help the Lilongwe SPCA

    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.

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  • Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

    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...

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  • Massage in Lilongwe

    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).

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  • The Mosque in old town of Lilongwe

    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.

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  • Lilongwe market in the old town

    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.

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  • The World War 1 memorial

    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.

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  • getting involved with conservation

    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!

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  • Touch-down!

    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...

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  • The Nature Sanctuary

    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.

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Lilongwe Restaurants

  • Not exactly Korean food but OK anyway

    I was a bit disappointed because Koreans own the hotel in which the restaurant is located and were much in evidence running the place. The setting is nice outside but covered. The menu is extensive with lot of choices. I had the bulgogi and kimchi and both were OK but not Korean. I mean all you need are some spices to make bulgogi seem authentic....

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  • Very Nice Upscale Place

    Had a very good dinner here during a recent business trip. Went with a businessman who travels to Lilongwe frequently. The soup was excellent and our parties' variety of entrees all got good reviews. The waitstaff is very friendly and the place always has good specials. The owned is very hands on and took an interest in all the guests. The cream...

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  • Great Minestrone Soup and Pizza

    I ate there twice during a recent trip and enjoyed both dinners. A colleague who visits Lilongwe regularly said it had the best pizza in town. I had two types of pasta and both were good. The minestrone soup is as good as I have had anywhere. Minestrone soup.

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Lilongwe Nightlife

  • Chez Ntemba disco

    Chez Ntemba is one of two discos in Lilongwe. It's the most popular dance place in Lilongwe. Friday and Saturday nights are the best time to go and it’s open until the next morning.

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  • Starlight disco

    Starlight disco is one of two discos in Lilongwe. It is open during the week, but Friday and Saturday nights are the best. The crowd at this place are young middle class people. And the music is African or American Hip-Hop music. The place has pool tables.

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  • Harry’s Bar

    Harry’s Bar is also a Mzungu-owned bar in Lilongwe, run by a British man married to a Malawian woman. This place has an European atmosphere and the guest are more white expatriates. You can eat grilled braii meat. The location next to Ubunthu Theater makes this place popular.

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  • Chameleon bar

    Chameleon's is a Mzungu-owned bar in Lilongwe, run by a Scotsman. It's more white expatriate in this place. The atmosphere is not African. Drinks and food are available. Friday night is most popular and they usually have live music.

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  • Diplomats bar

    Diplomats is a bar with African ambiance. The music is African or American Hip-Hop. Yoy can eat grilled braii meat, and of course cold beer. It's crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, the rest of the week is quiet.

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  • Goodfellows bar

    Goodfellows is a bar in the old town with a typical African ambiance. It's a kind of sports bar with 5 TV's. You can watch mostly English Premier League football. The bar plays African music. The food menu is basic, but the place has lots of cold beer.

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Lilongwe Transportation

  • Reliable taxi service in Lilongwe and...

    Given the scarcity of fuel that has become almost a permanent problem in Lilongwe (and the rest of the country), it can be risky to plan a trip in the country using rental cars, unless you have made sure that you can secure fuel at different points of your trip, which is currently almost impossible! So if that was your plan, my advice is that you...

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  • Taxis in Lilongwe

    Lilongwe is spread out so getting around can be hard sometimes. There is also a lack of reliable taxi drivers and you can get stranded late at night. You can pick up taxis from Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel (in the Old Town) and Sunbird Capital Hotel (in the New town). Or just ask your hotel to prearrange transportation. It costs more... I paid 4000 MWK...

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  • Long distance buses

    .The bus stop for long distance buses are in the Lilongwe market, in area 1. To/from Zambia: There are both direct buses and minibuses between Lusaka and Lilongwe with stops in Chipata and the Mchinji border.To/from Tanzania: Minibuses run all the way between Dar es Salaam and Lilongwe with stops in the Songwe border crossing, Kyela, Mzuzu and...

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Lilongwe Warnings and Dangers

  • Crime in Lilongwe

    I didn't experience any crime in Malawi. But the taxi driver told me that petty street crime like pick-pocketing is common in Lilongwe, and robberies are increasing. Break-ins have occurred in residential areas and also hotels. Most crimes involve property.Security guards with helmets are driving around to protect their rich customers. The photo...

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  • Nature Sanctuary Muggings

    Between the City and Old Town lies a vast park called the Nature Sanctuary which is traversed by the Lilongwe River. It is Lilongwe's Botanical Gardens. Lush trees and even the occasional wildlife can be seen here. However, there have been reports of muggings and stabbings in this area, so do not stroll around here alone or at night.

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  • Money changers & pickpockets

    Near the entrance to Lilongwe Golf Club are always guys waiting for you to make some business. Their main interest is your money! Don´t change your money neither here nor anywhere else in the streets or on the market. Since a couple of years the Malawian Kwacha is free convertible. Change your money at banks or forex bureaus.Beware of pickpockets...

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Lilongwe Off The Beaten Path

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    by frockland Written Jan 12, 2003

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    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.

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Lilongwe Sports & Outdoors

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    by frockland Updated Jan 14, 2003

    The Lilongwe Golf Club will give a temporary membership to all their guests. With this you can use plenty of different sport possibilities. Leisure and night spots include an 18-hole golf club, squash courts, swimming pool, tennis courts, bowling green, squash, snooker, darts, pool, table tennis and playing fields.

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Lilongwe Favorites

  • ATM in Lilongwe

    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...

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  • Lilongwe intro

    Lilongwe is the commercial center and capital of Malawi with a population of 900,000 people. It lies in the central region, on the Lilongwe river. The town is marked by signs of colonial settlers. There are two distinct parts of the city. The Old Town, which is the original part of the city and features busy African markets, many Asian shops,...

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  • The streets of Lilongwe

    Lilongwe is diveded in an old town and a new town. It's a city with both gravel roads and bitumen roads. Houses in the the city is mixed from dilapidated houses with flat corrugated roof and modern concrete buildings. The pavements are in use for street sellers.

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