Malawi Tourism – Malawi is in Africa. The regions are Malawi is divided into three regions:
- Central Region (Lilongwe), with the districts: Dedza, Dowa, Kasungu, Lilongwe, Mchinji, Nkhotakota, Ntcheu, Ntchisi, Salima
- Northern Region (Mzuzu) with the districts: Chitipa, Karonga, Likoma, Mzimba, Mzuzu, Nkhata Bay, Rumphi
- Southern Region (Blantyre) with the districts: Balaka, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mwanza, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Zomba.
The cities in Malawi:
- Lilongwe (646 750 inhabitants)
- Blantyre (584 877)
- Mzuzu (128 361)
Getting to Malawi
Upon entry is issued for a German visa free for 30 days. This can be verlägert free at three months. It is recommended that at the immigration office in Lilongwe or Blantyre to make. When leaving a departure tax of $ 30 (cash) is payable. Austrian citizens need a visa – this must be purchased at the Malawian Embassy in Berlin in advance. Cost: 80 € for a single entry visa, valid for 3 months.
Malawi has 6 airports with paved runways are the two largest Lilongwe Kamuzu International Airport Lilongwe and Chileka Airport. Kamuzu International Airport is regularly (currently 5x/Woche) served by the South African SAA from Johannesburg, as well as from the Kenyan Airways from Nairobi and from Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa. 2x/week SAA flies from Johannesburg to Blantyre. The price is between € 700-1200.
From December to April is the rainy season, which may hamper the progress on some of the unpaved roads.
There is a boat service from Mbamba Bay (Tanzania) to Nkhata Bay which is about once a week and serves a connection between the islands in Lake Nyasa in Malawi and Mozambique.
Mobility and Languages
For getting around the country are mainly taxis, buses or taxis in question. Official languages are English and Chichewa. In addition, many other native languages are spoken. The normal tourist comes almost exclusively in contact with persons who speak English a minimum.
Buy in Malawi
National currency of the Malawi Kwacha (MK) is. A Malawi Kwacha is divided into 100 Tambala. There are notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Kwacha, and coins to 1MK, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 Tambala, with the Tambalamünzen slowly disappearing because of their low value. The export of Malawi Kwacha is blocked except for a trivial amount. Excess amounts must be converted into other currencies at the exit. In the larger cities (Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Blantyre) are available in cash dispensers where you can withdraw money with international cards. (Most of Visa, Mastercard and also even Maestro.) In banks and bureaux de change from the cash payments with major credit card and cashing traveler’s checks is possible. Euros, in addition to USD, Pound Sterling and South African rand accepted at Bargeldwechsl problems. It is important to note that is payable for the departure tax in any case $ 30 per person in cash. The kwacha is the common means of payment in shops, markets, buses and mini buses, in restaurants and backpacker hotels. With credit cards and foreign currencies (mainly USD) you can pay in hotels, petrol stations and some tourist areas.
If someone tries to define a drab kitchen, Malawi would offer themselves as objects of study. There is normally due to eating the following: chicken and beef. Plus a choice of nsima (a solid maize porridge similar to the East African ugali), rice or fries. This menu is served from the market stand up to the midrange restaurant. The only difference is price. A bowl of rice with a piece of chicken you get in the shacks on the market for 100 kwacha in a motel restaurant it may cost to the 230th On the menu are sometimes beans, which must be hot but not that it really gives.
On the market there are very cheap (and good) “chips” (= french fries, but often rather hot potato) with tomato and cabbage salad for 30 to 50 kwacha (depending on dose). In addition, there are cooked (and sometimes then fried) eggs (20 kwacha), fried Hünchenteile (40 kwacha), fried Hünchenreste such as feet, etc. (20 kwacha), fried sausages (40 kwacha), roasted corn on the cob (15 kwacha), cooked sweet potatoes (5 – 20 Kwacha) and fat-baked bread and offered in various forms (5 to 25 kwacha).
Accomodation and Climate
Near the Liwonde National Park, at the gate Makanga, a cultural Lodge Njobvu Cultural Lodge. The money they earn goes to AIDS orphans. The tropical climate is differentiated because of the great north-south extent of the country and high altitude. Annual average temperature about 22 °, peak values approximately 5 ° and 35 °, annual average rainfall: 1,100 mm.
Respect in Malawi
In Malawi, as in other countries also offered a degree of respect for local customs. Malawians are generally very polite and very friendly to strangers (hence Malawi nickname “The Warm Heart of Africa”). So it is not unusual when one is addressed to the street and engaged in a conversation. It has happened often that you are asked for money, in which case it is usually sufficient, friendly but firm “no” to say.
Important in Malawi is an appropriate dress. This applies primarily to the villages, urban areas are already more open to the modern Western culture, and tourists and backpackers, here are the everyday cityscape. It is somewhat different in the rural areas that are rarely visited by travelers. Despite the warm to hot climate and the prevailing poverty one sees many Malawians who dress formally striking. Suits and ties are often worn by peasants in the villages. It is quite possible that on a trip to Malawi given the opportunity to visit such a village. In particular, female travelers should note here that shorts or short skirts are not appropriate, the shoulders should be covered if possible. This is simply a matter of courtesy. Female travelers go straight for longer stays in villages a safe way when they take over the traditional garment of the women, “Chitenji” (a kind of wrap-around skirt). These can be purchased very cheap in the markets. If a longer stay is planned in a village (eg as a community service project or employee), you should also sign up for a visit to the village headman (village headman). This is often still an important position in the village community and should be informed about “long-term visitors.”