To generalise temperatures during the day are usually in the mid 20s°C. In the short hot season, November – December, maximum temperatures may rise to the lower 30s°C. Temperatures vary from below freezing (at night on the high plateau in winter – July) to 38°C (in the Lower Shire Valley in summer – December).
Passports & visas
You need a current passport with 6 months validity from the date you return and two blank pages, a return air ticket and a tourist visa. Visas are available on arrival for US$75 per person.
Consult your GP or a travel doctor at least 6 weeks before you travel. You may be required or recommended to get vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Typhoid and Hepatitis A & B, among others. Malaria is present in Malawi so malaria prophylactics are recommended.
Malawi has two main international airports, Lilongwe and Blantyre.There are domestic airports and airfields that connect major towns and safari destinations. Depending on your arrival time, you may require a night in Lilongwe.
There is so much to see and do and the roads are not the best, so it’s preferable to get around using the light aircraft flights (scheduled and charter available). If you self drive, keep in mind you’ll need lots of time.
Currency & language
The local currency is Kwacha and US dollars, GB Pound, Euro, and Rand are also accepted. Visa and Mastercard are only accepted at major hotels and a few lodges, and can be subject to high fees. Chichewa is the official language in Malawi, and English is widely spoken.
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