Before You Go

Before You Go

Researching practical information ahead of your trip will likely make your journey smoother and more enjoyable, and possibly save you some money.

Timing

When to TravelWhen is the best time to visit Malawi? Travellers often ask “When i...
Malawi Event CalendarJanuary Chilimika When: 1-5 January Where: Nkhata Bay, Northern...

Immigration

ImmigrationEntering Malawi Below is a basic introduction to the Malawi immigra...

Special Guides

Travel AloneMalawi is probably the safest country in Africa for travelling alone...
Travel with ChildrenMalawi is known as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ and is generally a saf...
Women TravellersMalawi is probably one of the safest places in the world for women t...

Finances

MoneyMoney The Malawian currency is the Malawi kwacha. One kwacha cor...
Budget TravelBudget Malawi is a country that can be visited on any budget. Ac...

Practicalities

Internet Access in MalawiThe internet is still expensive in Malawi, although mobile phone cov...
Mobile Phones in MalawiAn unlocked mobile phone will be useful. SIM cards can be bought ...
Electricity in MalawiIn Malawi the plug type is G, which is the plug that has three recta...

Health Information for Travellers

Health Information for TravellersTourists to Africa often worry about tropical diseases, but if you t...
MalariaMalaria is the common challenge in Malawi, so it is essential that v...
BilharziaBilharzia is an unpleasant parasitic disease caused by microscopic w...
RabiesRabies is a deadly virus which spreads to people from the saliva of ...
HIV and AIDSHuman immune-deficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes acquired ...

Communication

LanguageEnglish is the official language of Malawi, and the national languag...
EtiquetteCorrect manners are very important among Malawians. As a foreigne...