I was in monkey bay for 3 months last summer working on Birgit's back to school programme. Thought id do an update on the above tip. Still no bank, still have to go to Mangocchi, though we did manage to sort out visa's in the village - just be patient though, the police only work when they want to so may take a few visits before the immigration officer is actually there to see you. And there are loads of monkeys in the village, u just have to go near the PTC shop and ull see a good 20-30 every day. Agree about the walking at night thing, i only ventured out alone at night a couple of times in the village (def dont go from the ferry bit alone, scary mary!!!) (im a girl btw) - and that was when id been there a few weeks so i was well known in the village by then, i def wouldn't recomend otherwise - tho not specifically coz u wont feel safe its just that its pitch black so ull prob brake an ancle on the "road". A good tip bout not getting ripped off on matolas etc - refuse to pay untill u see exactly what the locals pay first and dont pay anything more - trust me they wont throw u off or anything, do it in a good humoured way and theyll be fine bout it, cant blame them for trying so dont hold it against them that they try scam u for a few kwatcha - remember its prob only the equivalent of a few pence!
- There is no bank in Monkey Bay. The nearest one is in Mangochi!
- Its no longer possible to extend a visa!. Again: the nearest place is in Mangochi
- Don´t listen to the touts telling you phantasy prices for transport to any destination!
- Don´t expect to see any monkeys!.
A German girl was murdered earlier this year. She left the ferry that arrived at night time and was never seen again. Her body was found a couple of days later. Questionings were held and it seems like she was killed and robbed on her way to find accommodation. If you arrive late try to find somebody who will join you! Don´t go alone!