Malawi Travel Facts
Where is it?: Malawi is due east of Zambia in the south eastern section of Africa.
Why do people go here?: Most people come to relax and enjoy Lake Malawi
What are the main entry points?: Overland from Tanzania or Zambia are the usual routes.
Currency used: Kwacha
Country Code for Phones: 265
Area codes for Major Cities: No area codes required.
Religion: Protestant 55%, Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 3%, other 2%
Population: 15.2 million
Ethnic Breakdown: Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European
Government: Multi-party democracy
Languages: English, Chichewa
Major Cities: Lilongwe
Attractions: Lake Malawi, Liwonde National Park, Nkhata Bay
Accommodation: Malawi Hostels
Tourism Office locations and links: http://www.malawitourism.com/
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Nyika National Park
Health Issues: Malaria
Tips for Visiting
When to go: John Chilembwe Day: January 16, Martyrs’ Day: March 3, Labour Day: May 1, Freedom Day: June 14, Republic Day: July 6
Common Phrases: Hello = Moni, How are you? = muli bwanji? Thank You = zikomo No = Iyayi, Yes = Inde
Specific Events/Holidays: Lake of Stars International Music Festival, Lake Malawi International Yachting Marathon, The Mount Mulanje Porters Race
Getting Around: You can explore Malawi by bus, taxi, car or boat. It’ greatly up to you.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airports to fly into Malawi are Lilongwe International Airport and Blantyre Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Malawi travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.