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Malawi Malawi

Often overlooked by people who are considering African vacation destinations, Malawi is a premier safari destination with geographically diverse landscapes and is home to one of the continent’s largest lakes – Lake Malawi – where you can spend your day exploring, snorkelling, diving and kayaking.

A landlocked country in southeast Africa, Malawi is one of the smallest countries on the continent and one of the least developed countries in the world. But this makes it a great destination for hiking and trekking across unexplored terrain.

Travel tips for Malawi

Canadian travellers must present a passport that is valid for at least six months after their departure date. Tourist, business and student visas are required, and it is recommended that travellers obtain their visa before arrival. Special documents are required for Canadians travelling to volunteer.

Photographing military and government property, airports, and churches is prohibited, and it is recommended that permission be obtained before photographing people. Be discreet and dress conservatively, and respect all religious and cultural customs.

The currency is the Malawian kwacha (MWK), and foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport and at banks and hotels. Credit cards are generally accepted only in major hotels. Very few ABMs are available. English is the official language, but Chichewa is also spoken by many locals.

The best time of the year to visit is from May to October, considered to be the drier winter months. Temperatures during the summer months of January and February are very hot.

Where to visit during your stay in Malawi

The friendly locals, fun and lively local markets, and the fact that you won’t see huge crowds of tourists are all appealing reasons to visit the country. Lake Malawi is far and away the top place for visitors. It offers beautiful beaches, opportunities for snorkelling and exploring the aquatic life, and there are many great accommodation options along the water.

Other popular destinations to check out include Likoma Island, Mount Mulanje, Liwonde National Park, Zomba Plateau and Nyika National Park. Lilongwe, the country’s capital city, is divided into an Old Town and a New Town, and it’s one of the best places to mingle with the locals and get a more authentic travel experience.

Travel insurance solutions for all travellers

Blue Cross has travel insurance solutions for all types of travellers. Whether you are going to Malawi for a volunteer experience, visiting family or are planning a vacation, our coverage can be customized to meet your unique travel needs. If you are not sure about the coverage you need, just give us a call. We are happy to help you find the right combination of travel insurance options for your trip. Have your travel plans booked? Your next step is to get a free travel insurance quote online with us, so you can travel worry-free.

General Malawi Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 15,906,483 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 118,484 9,984,670
Capital: Lilongwe
Currency: Kwacha
Official language(s): Chichewa, English
Drive: Left
Diesel (2012): 1.90 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.93 1.23 (2013)

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