MALAWI

Warm Heart of Africa

Featured Activities

Majete Wildlife Reserve

Explore the reserve with a guide, and learn how the endangered and threatened species that are cared for here get rescued and rehabilitated. The reserve houses elephants, zebras, hippos, and many other rare animal species .

National Herbarium And Botanic Gardens

The natural African landscape comes alive one plant at a time at National Herbarium And Botanic Gardens Of Malawi, a garden and place for purchasing a variety of plants at a reasonable price.

Lake Chilwa

The second-largest lake in Malawi, the World Heritage Site of Lake Chilwa thrives with an exuberant bird population and expansive wetlands. Observe birds and explore marshes and floodplains that hide rich populations of fish and insects. In the center of the lake and on the northern shore lie two small islands.

Malawi general information

Going on a holiday to Malawi for the first time? How is the food? Do I need a visa? What is the currency? Find below important travel questions that will help you with your journey.

What to know before you go:

Planning your trip, check the latest Foreign Office advice on the places that you're going to visit - regardless of where you are travelling to, or how you are travelling. All travelers should keep themselves up to date with the current foreign office advice on their destination countries.

Time in Malawi:

Malawi is two hours in the advance of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). Note that Malawi does not operate daylight saving time, there's no time difference between the winter and summer months.

Currency in Malawi:

Malawi's currency is the Malawian Kwacha (MWK). Check out the exchange rate here by clicking here.

Malawi's International Dialling Code:

Malawi's International Dialling Code is 00265. Calling from Malawi, you dial the relevant country code, followed by the area code and local number.

Food in Malawi:

The standard of food in Malawi's lodges and restaurants is generally good, as is the local beer. Imported South African beers and wine are excellent and commonly found. Here are a few popular foods in Malawi:

Kachumbari

Made with onions, tomatoes and spicy chili peppers, simply eaten on its own. Known around the world as a type of pico de gallo.

Mgaiwa Phala

This delicious porridge is made of a mgaiwa, milk, and sweetened with some sugar. People from Malawi keep it simple during Breakfast.

Nsima

The dish is made from white cornmeal and water. It’s usually used to eat with relishes that are served on the side.

GRILLED FISH

One of the most popular things to eat is grilled fish. The most popular varieties to eat are mpasa (a lake salmon) and kampango (similar to a catfish).

Local favorites include chambo (Tilapia fish, fresh from Lake Malawi), Nthochi (banana bread) and Mbatata (cookies made from sweet potato and cinnamon). White maize – served with vegetables, fish or meat – is a staple; poultry and dairy products, as well as tropical fruits are plentiful and often used.

Health in Malawi:

Several vaccines are sensible for Malawi: typhoid, polio, tetanus and possibly yellow fever. Malaria is common, so you should make sure you take anti-malarials. Bilharzia is prevalent in some areas of the lake, and you should be aware of the risks that this can pose before you travel. Always check the latest recommendations with your GP or travel clinic.

HIV infection rates are high; AIDS is widespread in Malawi. This isn't generally an issue for travelers, but they should be aware of the health situation, and take the same sensible safety measures to avoid infection which are wise in most countries.

Language in Malawi:

In Malawi, English is one of the official languages, and spoken by most people; Malawi's second official language is Chicewa.

Visas for Malawi:

Most nationalities can buy a visa for Malawi on arrival at a cost of of about $75 US Doillars per person. Ask us for guidance and check with your nearest Malawi Embassy or High Commission for the latest detail.