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Malawi

Facts about country

Capital Lilongwe

Population

10.5 Million

Main Languages

English, + Chichewa and other regional languages

Electricity

3 Plug System (Rectangular) 220/240 Volts 50Hz

Currency

Kwacha

Exchange Rate for US $ as of July 2001

73 Kwacha per 1 US$

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

118500 sq km

Transport

Train, bus, minibus, boat (ferry), plane

Cash Machines (ATMS) No
Credit Card Usage Yes, major cities
Religion Christian + Muslim + Indigenous Religions
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
20 $ 2 $ (Camping) 3 $ (Self) 10$ 5$

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Lilongwe Y Small city, not much there. 4
Nkhata Bay Y Really nice place to stay along Lake Malawi, there are a few campsites and places to stay to choose from.  One can rent a canoe, or go scuba diving. Scuba lessons are really cheap. Though you need to be aware of Bilharzias which is in Lake Malawi.  That is the reason we did not do any scuba diving. 8
Mount Mulanje N
Nyika National Park N
Chizumulu & Likoma Islands N

Mwabvi Game Reserve

N
Liwonde National Park N

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving x
Historical Sites
Sightseeing tours x

Ballooning

Bungy Jumping

Safaris

x
Boat tours x
Fishing x
Horseback riding x
Canoeing x
Camping x
River Rafting x
Sky Diving  
Abseiling  
Surfing  
Windsurfing x
Kayaking  x
Sailing  x
Mountain biking
Rollerblading  
Motorbike  
Sand boarding
Snorkeling x
Water Skiing x
Others 

Feeling and Opinions on Malawi

Malawi was a really nice small country, which one does not hear much of before one gets to Africa. Lake Malawi is really beautiful,  it is too bad though that it has Bilharzias, which is not a sickness one wants to contract.  The people are generally really friendly and not yet spoiled from tourism like Kenya and Tanzania. Though we were just a short while in Malawi, we would recommend a visit.  One has a large range of activities to choose from, ranging from scuba diving, hiking, game watching and more. 

 

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