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The warm heart of Africa is beating faster now and the legendary welcome is there for all who wish to experience the unrivalled combination of lake landscapes, wildlife and culture in one of Africa’s most beautiful countries
The size of Malawi is 118,480 sq km, slightly smaller than Pennsylvania, US. The terrain is made up of a narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, and some mountains. Lake Malawi, some 580 km long, is the country’s most prominent physical feature. The climate is sub-tropical; with a rainy season (November to May); and a dry season (May to November). The lowest point in Malawi is at the junction of the Shire River and the border of Mozambique, at 37m above sea level. The highest point is Sapitwa the highest peak on the Mulanje Mountain which stands at 3,002 m. Malawi is a landlocked country.
Credit Card and Currency
The Malawi currency is the Kwacha. Most large hotels, restaurants and retail establishments in the country’s main cities and towns accept Visa and/or MasterCard. American Express and Diners Club cards may be accepted by some establishments but it would be a mistake to rely on them exclusively.
Always keep left hand side of the road. All foreigners and visitors are required to carry an international driver’s licence.
Malawi electricity supply: 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz.
The official language in Malawi is English;Chichewa is the common language of most of the population
Tourist can help reduce the risk of malaria by using personal protection measures (mosquito net at night, long sleeves and long trousers at night, apply mosquito repellents to skin and clothing…) and prophylactics.
Malawi is a peaceful country but always exercise precautions like any other countries. Don’t walk around with things you can’t do without, like your passport or airline tickets. Carry minimum amounts of cash
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Tipping is common practice in Malawi for a range of services. In restaurants the accepted standard is around 10% of the bill.
All visitors must be in possession of a valid passport in order to enter the country. Some Foreign Nationals require entry visas, which are available at point of entry but other Foreign Nationals don’t need Visa.
Important Note: This is a guide only – please check with your nearest Malawi consulate, embassy or Malawi diplomatic mission for up to date information.
Rainy season dominates from December to March, leaving little sunshine. Temperatures climb up to 29°C to 30°C (84-86°F) during the day with quite cold nights throughout the year. Overall temperatures are slightly cooler in the middle of the year, which, along with sparse rainfall, make things quite pleasant.
Cholera vaccination will be required if visitors are coming from an infected zone. Yellow Fever vaccination is required if visitors have been in an infected zone a week prior to their arrival in Malawi Vaccinations tetanus are advised.
In general, shops are open from 08.00 until 17.00 and closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays