Malawi is a beautiful country in Southern Africa, also known as the Warm Heart of Africa because of its warm and most friendly people . It is home to lush landscapes, flavourful food, wildlife, beaches, and an abundance of rich history and culture.. just to name a few.
It’s no surprise that with all this character and beauty, Malawi is fast becoming a very popular destination for tourism.
Malawi is a great spot to visit, and does not ask too much from its visitors. However, I have put together a few requirements and things you should be aware of while planning your trip. Planning ahead with this list of things to do before going to Malawi will ensure that you have a healthy, safe and successful visit to this wonderful country.
Visit your GP before your visit
Before traveling to Malawi, you’ll want to check your vaccination history and see when you last got vaccinated because the basic recommendations for vaccinations for Malawi for the short-term traveller are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Poliomyelitis. However if you are going camping, trekking or visiting more rural regions of Malawi you may need to consider cover against Hepatitis B, Rabies, Meningococcal Meningitis and Cholera.
It is also helpful to do a health check with your GP so that you know you are in good health before your trip especially if you are taking on a very active holiday.
Request a tourist visa
A tourist visa is needed to enter Malawi. Visitors can apply for the E-visa for Malawi or acquire one at the port of entry.
Get Travel Insurance
It really is so important to make sure that you have good travel insurance when you travel, especially if you are travelling as far as Malawi. There are different types and levels of travel insurance that you can get for your travels so make sure you check the policies available thoroughly and that you are adequately covered. Travel insurance can cover you in the event of lost luggage, weather events, cancelled or postponed flights, and health/life insurance. If you have expensive equipment of preexisting health conditions this is also something to consider when taking out good travel insurance.
Many Locals Speak English
It is always a good idea to spend some time learning some local phrases even if you just master a few greetings as well as please and thank you. You will find though that many locals do speak English in Malawi, as it is the National language including Chichewa. The locals will still appreciate you making the effort though, regardless of how small it is.
It isn’t very crowded
While Malawi is fast becoming a more popular place to visit, it is still very exclusive and not overly crowded especially when compared to the crowds you regularly see at European destination hot-spots that we are so familiar with.
It is a safe country, even for solo female travellers
Malawi is as safe as safe comes as country overall and is an increasingly popular destination even for solo female travellers. As with anywhere, it is still always best to take precautions and be mindful of your surroundings.
Malawi is also a great destination for a family getaway, and will expose your children to a very different culture to the one that they experience in the western world. This is bound to bring about many discussions and opportunities for learning all while being a gorgeous (and affordable) travel destination!