What are the daylight hours in Malawi?
5:30 am – 5:30 pm (this changes by one hour 6:30 am – 6:30 pm in the winter months of November – April).
What is the local language in Malawi?
The local language in Malawi is Chichewa. In your pre-travel eco-pack, there is a page dedicated to basic phrases in Chichewa. Most people in Malawi, particularly, in the cities, speak English
What are the risks of getting malaria in Malawi
There is a risk of getting malaria in Malawi but if you correctly take anti-malarial drugs then your risks are hugely reduced. Every lodge in a malarial area will have mosquito nets and we advise bringing long trousers and long-sleeved tops to wear in the evening. For advice on the best anti malarials please consult your doctor.
Do I have to take anti malarials?
No- BUT we highly recommend you take anti-malarials. We have never had a client who has had malaria because they all have been on anti-malarials!
Is it safe to swim in Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi is a freshwater lake with incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities. However, some areas of the lake (general areas with high local populations and poor sanitation) are at risk from a parasite infection known as Bilharzia. Although cases are becoming increasingly rarer, Bilharzia is still an ongoing issue in Lake Malawi due to the high concentration of communities along the lakeshore. However, there are a small number of areas in Lake Malawi which have been declared Bilharzia free and where it is safe to swim and snorkel. These include the offshore islands of Mumbo & Domwe where lack of human inhabitation makes the lifecycle of the disease near to impossible.
Are there hospitals in Malawi?
In the main cities in Malawi, there are good hospitals, which have emergency healthcare facilities.
Is the water safe to drink in Malawi?
In most lodges/hotels the water is safe to drink however as visitors are not used to the water in Malawi we would suggest using bottled or boiled water. If you are unsure please check with the managers at the hotel/lodge. Do not drink water from roadside stops.
Who do we inform if we have any specific dietary requirements?
Please inform your sales consultant prior to travel if you have any special dietary requirements.
Will I need local currency?
Most international lodges take dollars however for roadside drinks, market purchases, local meals you will require Malawi Kwacha.