Malawi Travel Guide

  • The full menu at Maji Zuwa's restaurant/bar
    The full menu at Maji Zuwa's...
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  • Sunset at Maji Zuwa
    Sunset at Maji Zuwa
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    Morning coffee at Maji Zuwa
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Malawi Highlights

  • Pro
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    johanl says…

     Small country, lots to see and do 

  • Con
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    frockland says…

     Malaria, very basic touristic infrastructure 

  • In a nutshell
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    Lady-Charisma says…

     Lovely place, memorable experiences, friendly, smiling folks, and warm hearts! Would visit again in a heartbeat! 

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Cape Maclear


Nkhata Bay


Monkey Bay


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Kande Island




Lago Niassa





See all 50 Lilongwe Tips
  • Not exactly Korean food but OK anyway

    Lilongwe Restaurants

    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....

  • Madidi Lodge

    Lilongwe Hotels

    I had a wonderful stay at Madidi Lodge in April 2011. The manager/owners are very friendly and...

  • Reliable taxi service in Lilongwe and...

    Lilongwe Transportation

    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...


Cape Maclear

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  • Bilharzia

    Cape Maclear Warnings and Dangers

    "Bilharzia" is a human disease caused by parasitic worms called Schistosomes. Calm freshwater in Africa normally carries the parasite. It is said that the population of snails in Lake Malawi carry the parasite. But the locals denies it and say a Danish project eliminated the parasite some years ago. I paddled in the lake for more than one hour with...

  • Dangerous spiders

    Cape Maclear Warnings and Dangers

    This Camel spider was in my bungalow at Fat Monkeys in Cape Maclear. Camel spiders are usually found in the Arab countries and can be up to 12 cm. This one was aprox 5-6 cm. They are not venomous, but can be dangerous since the mechanical effect of a bite will cause a huge wound which will are infections caused by bacteria.

  • Malaria

    Cape Maclear Warnings and Dangers

    Lake Malawi is high malaria zone. Especially during the rainy season. The American reception clerk at Fat Monkeys got malaria with headache and fever when I was there in August 2009. It shows how important it is to take anti-malaria drugs, even in the dry season. I have good experience with Doxycyclin tablets, and have never been sick on my trips...


Nkhata Bay

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  • try the thai food and pizzas!

    Nkhata Bay Restaurants

    a beautiful place with rooftop restaurant overlooking town. great food, milkshakes, fresh fruitjuices and cakes for very fair prices. the staff is very friendly and offers a very good service. organic vegetables from the restaurant garden. they also bake fresh bread.there are pizzas, thaifood, salads, soups, snacks and daily specials available,...

  • Boating

    Nkhata Bay Things to Do

    I visited Nkhatabay in 2005. NkhataBay is a very vibrant town. As I was walking in town somebody told me about Mpapa Beach. Ask anybody in town they will show you boats to go to Mpapa Beach. This place has the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Shallow waters are as clear like a sky. No crocodiles to worry about. On this beach they are building...

  • Mpapa Beach

    Nkhata Bay Favorites

    Nkhatabay is the most beautiful fish town. It is always thronged by all kinds of visitors. This town never sleeps, and it is party all night long. The people of Nkhatabay are very friendly. Once you're in Nkhatabay you can hire a boat or canoe to take you to Mpapa Beach of Chief Mundola. Another Malawian who lives in the USA is building a lounge....


Monkey Bay

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  • Re: Frockland's ....dont forget tip (an...

    Monkey Bay Warnings and Dangers

    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...

  • ... don´t forget:

    Monkey Bay Warnings and Dangers

    - 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!.

  • Watch some crocks

    Monkey Bay Off The Beaten Path

    There is "Koma Crock Farm Ltd" that can be visited. Its off the Monkey Bay - Mangoshi Road. The signpost is only visible when you come from the south. Coming from the other side: turn left onto the dirt track when you see the sign: "Stanbik Cottage".


Likoma Island

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  • The "Other" Restaurant

    Likoma Island Restaurants

    This place is run by some local women. There is a menu but usually only one or two meals are available. Go there in the morning and order the meal you would like to eat in the evening. The women will try to organise it for you. They are very friendly, helpful and happy about every positive word about their place.Next door is the `Chikondano...

  • Not too much food

    Likoma Island Warnings and Dangers

    Don`t expect too much food on Likoma Island. Although the situation changed a lot, the variety of food on Likoma Island is not really impressing. Its depending on the trading boats travelling between here and Mozambique. It can happen that there are no vegetables available or prices increase for the last bananas Usually the days after the Ilala had...

  • Don`t miss a service!

    Likoma Island Things to Do

    A service at St. Peter`s is long! Three hours are average and its easy going. Usually it starts at 8 am but if you are late – no problem you are welcome anyway! There are different choirs performing and its amazing to see them dancing and singing! Don`t miss it!



See all 12 Blantyre Tips
  • Tastyyyy Ethiopian food in Blantyre

    Blantyre Restaurants

    It's a hidden gem in Blantyre. The place is small, but the foood is veryyy tasty. The Owner, her name is Alem. Nice lady from Ethiopia, she cook herself. Tibs. It's small pieces of meat spiced in Ehtiopian spices and comes in a pot. with vegitables and the famous ethiopian bread.Don't forget to try the coffee!

  • Protea Hotel Ryalls

    Blantyre Hotels

    2 HANNOVER AVENUE, Blantyre, MA 1

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Cheaper than the multinationals

    Blantyre Transportation

    With offices in Blantyre and Lillongwe SS-Rent-A-Car is cheaper than the multinationals and therefore more personal on the service. We hired a 4x4 with Driver (his name was Peter and he was excellent to work with, he's a young guy who is very driven, on top of things and willing to assist beyond the scope of his duty - He carried the Tripod and...



See all 7 Salima Tips
  • Mini Busses

    Salima Transportation

    There are mini busses going north along the lake shor road, to Lilongwe and south to Blantyre. The directions shown in the windows of the busses are not the final destination. Lilongwe and Blantyre transport usually goes only to Balaka where you have to change. The faster way is to get off at the Balaka turn off and find a bus to Lilongwe or...

  • Sunbird Livingstonia Beach

    Salima Hotels

    We stopped here for lunch on a trip through the area. It was a beautiful setting on a patio...

  • Salima turn off

    Salima Warnings and Dangers

    The main road is not passing through Salima that is spread of for several kilometers. There is a turn off but its about 8 km out of town.Don’t get off too early, ask the drivers if they go into town or not. Otherwise you have to find other transport.



See all 8 Liwonde Tips
  • Local buses

    Liwonde Transportation

    The bus stop in Liwonde is not marked. The important one for tourists is at the military checkpoit near the bridge. There is a second one in the township.To get to Mangochi you have to go about 5 km to the road towards Lilongwe and get off at "Mangochi Turn Off".There are many minibuses going to Mangochi and further to Monkey Bay. These Minibuses...

  • Hippo spotting

    Liwonde Things to Do

    There is not too much to do in Liwonde. Its the gate to "Liwonde National Park". If you don´t have your own transport (but enough money) this will be the easiest way to get to "Mvuu Camp". You can enjoy the sunsets, good food and Hippos. (1998)There are no more Hippos to see at Liwonde. The Shire River has much more water then a couple of years...

  • Aggressiv Hippos!

    Liwonde Warnings and Dangers

    Hippos can be very aggressiv especially when they´ve got cubs. Its said that more people lose their lifes in Africa by Hippos than by Crocs!Do not swim in Shire River! Don´t try to touch them if you see some grazing at Kudya Discovery Lodge! If you stay at the campsite be careful at night.Hippos sometimes attack even dugouts, so if you think about...


Kande Island

See all 7 Kande Island Tips
  • Where Burger King got their name?

    Kande Island Restaurants

    Spotted along the roadside in Kande as we were leaving town, is this where Burger King all started??? HE HE... mmmm maybe not. Didn't go in to check it out, but couldn't resist a photo to put on the tips here. Rather interesting and a bit of a laugh. It might not even be a real restaurant... but if someone finds it again, could they go in an email...

  • Horseriding Kande Beach

    Kande Island Things to Do

    A great way to tour the surrounding villages, and the children run along as you ride by and wave at the passing horses which is really cool, a really different place to experience a horse ride, and finish it at the end with a bareback ride on and into the water of Lake Malawi at Kande beach. Pretty cool hey!You can book rides at the Campsite and...

  • Craft shopping

    Kande Island Shopping

    The local craft huts outside the campsite are worth spending money at. Bargain hard, and take something to trade, these guys love to trade t-shirts etc.


Lago Niassa

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    life cycle of Schistosoma

    by trilbi Updated Sep 12, 2002

    Be careful because there is Bilharzia in lake Niassa especially on the Malawi side. Bilharzia is a disease caused by parasitic worms (Schistosoma) carried by certain types of snails. Schistosoma parasites can penetrate the skin of people swimming or bathing in contaminated waters. Avoid swimming near water vegetation where the snails can live or in slow moving water. Bilharzia can be treated but remember that symptoms can develop even months after exposure

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