The precipitation in Malawi comes mainly in December, January, February and March, though the rains arrive slightly earlier and leave slightly later the further north you are, and Malawi's higher areas generally receive more rainfalls.
Most of the rain has faded by April and May, leaving a green landscape, which is starting to dry out. Especially in higher and more southerly locations, night-time temperatures start to fall.
In June, July and August, the nights become a lot cooler, although the days are still warm and clear. Some can get very cold, needing you to wrap up warm if you're out at night – on a night game drive, for example. This is the start of the so called 'peak season' for Malawi – with many cloudless days, and increasing game sightings.
Into September and October, the temperatures climb once again, so parts of the Malawi get quite hot – especially the low-lying areas around the lake.
November is a variable month: It can be hot and dry like the weather in October; it can also see the season's first downpours. November is often a very interesting month; occasionally on successive days you can even see both weather patterns.
While English is an official language, and is widely understood, a number of indigenous languages are also spoken. The most common is Chewa (or Chichewa – the language of the Chewa). Here are a few Chichewa words and phrases:
• Hello --- moni
• How are you? --- muli bwanji ?
• I am fine --- ndiri bwino
• Thank you --- zikomo
• I am happy --- ndakondwa/ndili wokondwa/ndasangalala/ndili wosangalala
• I am sick/ill --- ndikudwala
• I have arrived --- ndafika
• I have departed - ndanyamuka
• I am tired - ndatopa
• I love you --- ndimakukonda/ndimakukondani
• I love you too --- ndimakukondanso/ndimakukondaninso
Currency and Banking
Malawi’s unit of currency is the kwacha (abbreviated to MK internationally; K locally). The kwacha divides into 100 tambala. Practically speaking, only the kwacha is used.
Banks are open weekdays from 08:00am to 15:00pm with others extending to 16:30 in selected areas. During weekends banks open from 08:00am to 12:00 noon.
Malawi's International Dialling Code
Malawi's International Dialling Code is +265.
International Driving Licence
In Malawi, driving is undertaken on the left-hand side of the road and drivers have to give way to traffic from the right. Visitors with a driving license issued by a competent authority in their respective countries are allowed to drive during their stay in Malawi.
• Remember that Malawi drive on the left.
• Kids under the age of ten years are not allowed to occupy the front seat
• Seat belts are compulsory and must be worn by all passengers seated in front.
• Smoking in vehicle is forbidden unless the smoker is the driver and alone in the vehicle.
• Drink or drive, but never do both.
A good way of preventing inconvenient occurrences is to ensure that:
• Valuables and money are kept in the hotel safe.
• Cars are properly locked when parked.
• Parking is undertaken in a well-lit area.
• No valuable items are left on display inside the car.
• Those planning a shopping trip always remember to keep their purse or wallet safe at all times.
• Visitors avoid displaying large sums of cash in public places.
• People only carry their passport when they need it.
• Those embarking on a sightseeing tour never leave their vehicle unattended.
- Single Entry Visa: These visas are subject to a fee of $100 USD when issued by a Malawian embassy or consulate or $75 USD when issued from within Malawi for those already present or arriving via the “visa letter” scheme.
- Multiple-Entry Visa: These visas are valid for 6 or 12 months for a fee of $220 USD or $300 USD, respectively, when issued by a Malawian embassy or consulate. When issued within Malawi for those already present or arriving via the “visa letter” scheme, the fee is $150 USD or $250 USD, respectively.
- Transit Visa: These visas are valid for seven days and are available for a fee of $70 USD when issued by a Malawian embassy or consulate or $50 USD when issued within Malawi for those already present or arriving via the “visa letter” scheme.
All visa fees are payable in U.S. dollars. Please note that fees charged by Malawian diplomatic missions may vary from the figures cited above. If you intend to travel to Malawi, please contact the Malawian diplomatic mission nearest to you to arrange for visa issuance and confirm fees.
For more information, send your enquiries directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you may contact:
Joseph Mtumodzi Chauwa (National Public Relations Officer),
P.O. Box 331,
Mobile: +265(0)999271885 / +265(0)881212123
Emails: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org