So you’ve decided to take a trip to Malawi? That’s awesome! Are you in need of top Malawi travel tips?
Well, fret not because, we’ve got you covered.
Malawi is the most incredible place on planet earth (in our opinion) and you are about to embark on a journey of a lifetime.
Travel is very exciting, as well as a little bit scary! But, it doesn’t have to be when you have the right travel tips to see you through your journey.
Are you ready for these Top Malawi travel tips? Grab a cuppa and lets dive straight into them.
Malawi Top Travel Tip – Vaccines
“Do I really need to get vaccinated?” This is a slippery slope, lets explore it.
A question that often pops up when people travel to African countries, is about vaccinations. So, Do you need vaccine’s when travelling to Malawi?
Well, technically yes. But, will you get them? Discuss the pro’s and cons with your Doctor.
Doctors should be able to advise you on what you need to do and your doctor may be able to give you some of your vaccinations too.
Here are some topics you may wish to ask your Doctor!
- List of vaccines you need and why
- Anti Malaria tablets and which are best suited for you
- Yellow Fever Certificate
- General staying healthy tips
For any other enquiry, check out these three links attached below:
Second Malawi Travel Tip
“Do I really need travel Insurance?” Pretty please, you do!
Travel insurance is a must when travelling anywhere that is not your home country.
Unlike the U.K’s National Health Service which is free, medical care is not free in Malawi just like the United States.
Hospital care can be quite expensive, therefore sufficient insurance cover is very pivotal in getting you the right medical emergency care.
For example; you were hiking on Mt Mulanje and had a serious accident that requires an air ambulance evacuation and repatriation.
You do not want to pay for that expense out of your own pocket. Therefore make sure your insurance cover is extensive.
You can thank us later for this Top Malawi Travel Tip!
Third Travel Tip – Stay Healthy
Staying healthy in Malawi is not a difficult task to achieve. Try and follow through with these tips, to avoid getting sick.
- Ask before you drink any tap water, if unsure, buy bottled water.
- Wash your hands before you eat and keep a bottle of hand gel with you.
- If you begin to feel flu-like symptoms, see a doctors as soon as possible for a malaria test.
- Avoid getting over heated and make good use of your hat, sunscreen and drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
- If vomiting, take electrolytes to help you replace lost salt and sugar in your body.
- If street food adventurous, use your common sense. It’s a judgment call, and you will know the sensitivity of your stomach.
Fourth Travel Tip – Language savvy
Getting down with the lingo, here are some simple words and phrases to break this ice.
- Muli bwanji is, (How are you?) pronounced (Moo-lee-boo-wan-gee)
- Moni is, (Hello) pronounced (Money) British English
- Dzina langa ndi Chloe, is (My name is Chloe) pronounced – (Zeena la-ng-ah n’-dee Chloe)
- Zikomo is, (Thank you) pronounced (Zee-koh-mau)
Final Malawi top Travel Tip
“Malawi is dangerous!” Oh, but is it really?
When you’re planning any trip to Africa, you will most likely come across all sorts of information and especially negative press.
Unfortunately, that’s something we can’t control. However, what we are certain of, is that Malawi is a very safe country.
As with every country, a bit of petty crime here and there can’t be avoided. However that is not the total narrative in Malawi.
Its only natural to be scared and a little confused the first time you travel somewhere new, but you’ll soon realise you’re home in Malawi.
We all like what we like and may experience culture shocks when we travel to other destinations out of our familiarity.
However, keep an open mind on your travels and challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone within limits.
Malawians are generally known for their warmth and friendliness because they treat strangers and kin equally alike. You’re safe here!
We hope these Top Malawi Travel Tips have been educational and will be put to good use.
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