Direct flights are expensive. Consider a flight via Johannesburg and connect to malawi with a 'local'flight from SAA to Malawi (Blantyre and Lilongwe). If time is not an issue: fly via Dubai or Qatar.No visa requirements for EU citizens except: nationals of Austria, Bulgaria,Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia, who do need a visa.
There is no airport tax when leaving Malawi
Most of the main roads are tarred but narrow. Potholes may be expected in any road and speeds should be kept to a sensible level. Driving is on the left of the road. Expect to find people and animals on any road.
Fuel is widely available. Credit cards are not accepted, you have to pay cash
If you want to cross the border with a rental car, you need a letter from the rental company , stating they are allowing you this
If you rented a Prado, please note that the car has two tanks! Check whether both are filled to the rim, or just one when you receive the car
Drive carefully at the dirt roads, they can be slippery even when dry. (60-80 km/hour
Punctures are best repaired at tyre-shops along the road. Takes about 20 minutes. Please make sure you agree on the price on beforehand
Exchange rate is better at Forex (compared to bank or ATM) There is no black-market for money. If you are offered “a good deal”, you will probably be cheated (old banknotes, folded banknotes etc.)
Many of the ATM don't accept maestro. Visa-logo is quite common
The maximum you can get out of an ATM-machine is € 100. You could try twice on the same day. We did at Standard bank without a problem Banks tend to close early in the afternoon Malawi kwacha: take off the last two zero's, divide by two and you have the price in euro. E.g: 1000 Malawi kwacha banknote is € 5.
Food and accomodation
There are lots of restaurants in Blantyre and Lilongwe. We had an excellent meal (€ 3) at Doogles, near the busstation in Blantyre. You can sleep there too for a reasonable price The local beer is great: Kuche Kuchej
We only visited Liwonde. Its' a quiet park with quiet animals. Admission per day $ 5. Accomodation at Chinguli Camp. Recommended for backpackers. At camp Chinguli they serve reasonable food for reasonable prices. People are quite enthusiastic about the organized canoe trips on the river. Book at camp Chinguli!. Make sure you always have binoculars as the animals are a bit shy and tend to keep their distance. Gate closes at 6 pm. If you're late, you could just try to still get in. There is a guard at the gate who may let you pas