Malawi

MALAWI TRAVEL GUIDE

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The warm heart of Africa is how the friendly people of Malawi like to describe their small, landlocked country that lies almost in the middle of the great African continent.

 

The mountains, plateaus, rain forests and rivers of Malawi share space with the Lake Malawi, a beautiful inland lake lying in a deep trough created by the Great Rift Valley stretching for some 500km down the eastern border of Malawi. The area surrounding the Lake is given over to neatly laid out tea and tobacco plantations juxtaposed with lush rain forests, evergreen woods and grasslands where conservation areas protect the native habitats of rare wildflowers, orchids, birds and animals.

 

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MALAWI QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • Currency: Malawian kwacha (MWK)
  • Area: 94,080 km²
  • Population: 18,14 million (2018)
  • Language: English (official), Chichewa (official), other languages important regionally
  • Religion: Protestant 55%, Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 3%, other 2%
 

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MALAWI PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 15 January, John Chilembwe Day
  • 3 March, Martyrs’ Day
  • 14 May, President Kamuzu Banda’s Birthday
  • 14 June, Freedom Day
  • 6 July, Independence Day
  • 15 October, Mother’s Day
  • 26 December, Boxing Day

Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Eid al-Fitr.

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MALAWI WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Malawi’s climate is as varied as the country’s topography. The vast surface water of Lake Niassa tends to have a cooling effect on the margins of the lake, where long, hot seasons with high humidity occur, along with mean annual temperatures of 24°C. Rainfall patterns are heaviest along the coast of Lake Malawi where precipitation is heaviest (averaging 1600 mm annually); the rest of the country’s rainfall ranges between 750 and 1000 mm annually. Overall, the country experiences three seasons: a cool season (May to mid-August), a hot season (mid-August to November), and a rainy season (November to April), with rains continuing longer in the northern and eastern mountains.

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MALAWI TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW SPORT IN MALAWI

HIKING & CYCLING IN MALAWI

The best time for outdoor activities in Malawi is from April to August when the temperatures are moderate and the weather is dry. November March is usually very hot and wet and September and October are considered extremely hot and dry.

BEACH OPTIONS IN MALAWI

The best time to visit Malawi’s lake beaches are from May to August. It's not the ocean, but there are beautiful sandy beaches surrounding Lake Malawi!

SURFING IN MALAWI

KITESURF IN MALAWI

Kitesurfing spot details and weather

 
 

HEALTH RISKS IN MALAWI

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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MALAWI TRAVEL COSTS

 

MALAWI TRAVEL TIPS

 

SIGHTS & HIGHLIGHTS OF MALAWI

 

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