Malawi Warnings and Dangers

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Malawi Warnings and Dangers

  • Black and Green Mambas

    Malawi is home to many of Africa's poisonous snakes. In fact the fastest poisonous snakes on earth, the Mambas, inhabit Malawi. Mambas are deadly snakes which can speed up to 7 miles/hr. I found one in my clothes dryer one time !

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  • Driving With Caution

    According to the folks I talked with, who own cars in Malawi, it is best not to stop immediately if you accidentally hit anyone or a goat, it's said that it's much safer to head to nearest police station and report the accident.

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  • MALARIA

    Make sure to sleep under a net.If not, even with a repelant, the bugs and flies will eat you !!!!!!!

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  • CHECk IT OUT

    BEfore going into the park check out if the roads are open.Most of the times the National park guards let you in. You have to pay the admission fee (about 5 US a person) but you are stopped a few miles donw the road. And even these few miles you have to do by a 4x4xfar.

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  • MALARIA and BILHARZIA

    When you decide to make a trip to Malawi, make sure to take anti- malaria drugs. Your doctor will advise you what is best for you.During the rainy season, being at the shores of the lake Malawi, almost a sealevel, you definitely need to protect yourself.Whatever the locals say, lake Malawi water is contaminated with BILHARZIA. This disease is...

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  • INSECTS WHERE ?? ? EVERYWHERE !!!!

    Part of visiting Africa and so also Malawi, are the insects and all kind of creatures great and small.It is very interesting to watch the gecco. It sits for hours, waiting for a little insect to pass by.

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  • POWER CUTS

    It is very usual, and also in Malawi, to have sevral power cuts a day. Most of the times it happens in the evenings, when most of the people turn on the electricity.So make sure to have some candles around in case of.Cooking can be done over a fire, so nothing stops you from eating.

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  • Diseases, Precaution & Prevention!

    When in Africa, there are many illnesses one may have the mishap of contracting. For starters, there is the disease called malaria. Now malaria can be quite rampant in some areas, and is contracted through a mosquito carrying the malaria (but maybe less harmful the the West Nile Virus) then biting you. Once you have malaria, it will stay in your...

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  • Calling somebody a thief?

    Be careful before calling someone a thief in public. An incensed crowd can execute justice (or injustice) quickly and sometimes fatally! Malawians can`t stand theft! If a thief is caught it can happen that a whole crowd is beating him up while the police officer is bringing hin to the police station. There are reports were thiefs were set on fire...

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  • What you should know about health

    Malawi is a 3rd world country and before travelling there you should be aware about the medical situation and what you should do. There are a few hospitals but its better to avoid them. Probably the best is `Likuni Privat Hospital` near Lilongwe but of course it can?t be compared with western style hospitals. To minimize risks consult a doctor in...

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  • ... and don?t forget II

    Food*- In the country side most restaurants only offer basic local food (nsima, rice, chips, chambo or chicken) - Vegetables are depending on the season but it can happen that there is nothing else but cabbage (I think you can guess what you will find on your vegetarian pizza?)- Cheese is very expensive and I?ve never seen a local eating cheese.-...

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  • ...and don´t forget

    Communication:*- Internet is available in most lager villages but its extremely expensive if you need a long distance phone line to get connected to a server.- Cellular coverage is good throughout the country- There are telephone bureaus everywhereShopping*- PTC Supermarkets can be found throughout the country. They are opened every day but outside...

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  • ATMs & Banks

    There are some ATMs in Malawi. They donýt work with Visa/ Master card but only with National Bank Cards.The offices hours are usually from 8.00 am to 2 pm sometimes 3 pm. Forex bureaus are faster in doing transactions and offer often better rates. For cash there are better rates than for TCs.Western Union offers money transfers at all major Banks....

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  • Alcohol Level

    Believe it or not: there is officially no alcohol limit for driving or flying in Malawi. Last year an accident happened when an Air Malawi Cessna crashed into a mini bus near the Mzuzu airstrip. The pilot had a surprisingly high alcohol level in his blood, but denied being drunk because: ?it?s not allowed flying when drunk!? Didn?t help very much...

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  • Theres bugs in the water.

    Malaria exist here so prepare for that with tablets and repelent etc, theres also a worm bug thing that lives in the water called Schistosomiasis which can somehow gets in under your skin and mutates so becareful of that one and drink bottled water .

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  • MALARIA

    MALARIA - I don't know what the Center for Disease Control says about protection, but my son came down with cerebral malaria while taking the prescribed medical preventives at the time. The mosquitos were ever present so make sure to take what ever the current suggested medicine is...well in advance.

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  • HIV

    In a country were one of the only pleasures for free is having sex, the rate of HIV is enormous! Estimations say that probably more than 50 % of the Malawians are infected.There were some campaigns telling the facts of HIV but as long as the belief in ghosts is still coexisting to the Christian religion there will be no solution; i.e. it´s said...

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  • The main problem is that HIV...

    The main problem is that HIV and other serious diseases are prevalent and extreme care must be taken. Experienced travellers will take these precautions without thinking about it but others beware.I had Malaria twice there .... celebral Malaria is not unusual and very dangerous.Never came across a corrupt official and never had a problem with...

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  • When swimming in lake Malawi,...

    When swimming in lake Malawi, swim in designated areas and away from reeds and rushes that grow along some shorelines. Hippos feed on the underwater grasses and even tho they are vegetarians, they kill many people every year thinking that they are protecting their young. Also snails live in reeds and carry parasites that can cause bilharzia (aka...

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  • I would seriously suggest...

    I would seriously suggest carrying a few pairs of latex gloves at all times. That way, if you see anyone hurt or in need of assistance, you can help them and minimize your risk of conracting AIDS, Hep C or any other disease that may put a damper on any future travelling.

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  • Like every country in...

    Like every country in Subsaharan Africa, Malawi has a dangerously high proportion of HIVinfection. If you engage in sexual activity with anyone at all (including backpackers...or maybeespecially backpackers!), be VERY VERY CAREFUL! Of course, this goes for a sexualencounter in any country including your own, but Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa...

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  • Malaria is endemic. Take...

    Malaria is endemic. Take anti-malarial pills, as prescribed by a doctor. Take care not to getbitten in the evening when the mosquitoes that transmit this disease are active; use a mosquito netwhile sleeping and use bug repellant that is at least 30% DEET. If you develop a fever while inthe country, or within three months of departing, get a blood...

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  • Swimming in Lake Malawi is...

    Swimming in Lake Malawi is great fun...the water is warm and blue, and there are some great snorkelling and diving opportunities. Just make sure that when you decide to swim in LakeMalawi, it’s an informed decision; there is bilharzia in Lake Malawi. If you do swim in the Lake (and most people, including myself, do),get a blood test three months...

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  • Malawi is a malaria area so it...

    Malawi is a malaria area so it is important to take the necessary medication.The 'Old Town' of Lilongwe is not regarded as safe for tourists by night by local people.Somebody tried to explain that some money is 'fixed' with some 'medicine(?)' when you receive it and when you look for it later, it is gone, especially in the informal shopping areas....

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  • Beware bilharzia...

    It is true that Lake Malawi does contain bilharzia, but as long as you stay to pure sandy beach you should have no problems at all. It is only near to reeds and muddy water that posseses the greatest risk.

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  • Security in Lilongwe is...

    Security in Lilongwe is decreasing and much more care must be taken here than in the past. One of the worse places is the central bus station, where the theives are ruthless in removing goods from their rightful owners.

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  • Bilharzia is present in Lake...

    Bilharzia is present in Lake Malawi, despite some claims; the chances of infection are usually low however. Bilharzia is effectively treated and you should be tested around three months after swimming in the lake.

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