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There are direct flights from Johannesburg to Lilongwe & Blantyre, and 1-stop options from all other cities in South Africa.
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Johannesburg to Blantyre flights (CPT-BLZ) are with South African Airways (via Johannesburg).
Johannesburg to Lilongwe flights (CPT-LLW) are with SAA (via Johannesburg).
Johannesburg to Blantyre flights (DUR-BLZ) are with South African Airways (via Johannesburg).
Johannesburg to Lilongwe flights (DUR-LLW) are with SAA (via Johannesburg).
Visa requirements for South African citizens to enter Malawi include:
- Completed application form
- Two passport-sized photos
- Valid passport with two blank pages
- Application fee
- Invitation letter from host
- Proof of mode of transportation
It's possible requirements have changed before we've had a chance to update them, so for the latest up to date requirements, visit the Malawi Consulate General in Johannesburg or contact them at 012-342-0146/1759. Their physical address in South Africa is 770 Government Avenue, Arcadia, Pretoria. The consulate in Johannesburg is located at 1st Floor, Sable Centre House, 41 De Korte Street, Braamfontein (011-339-1569). Note that the consulate is closed on South African and Malawi public holidays.
Keep these contact details handy in case you lose your passport, or something happens in Malawi requiring embassy assistance:
Physical address: 3rd Floor, Kang' ombe House, Robert Mugabe Crescent, Lilongwe 3
Phone number : + 265-1-77-3722
The currency used in Malawi is the kwacha.
English and Chichewa are the official languages. English is spoken widely in urban centres and Chichewa is more common in rural areas.
Places of interest in Malawi include:
Liwonde National Park is a small nature reserve but it’s bursting with wildlife including hippos, water buffaloes, elephants, lions, and crocodiles. You can also find 400 of the 650 species of birds in Malawi here. The landscape is varied with acres of savannah, woodland, and flood plain. Elephant are definitely the main attraction as tourists are usually able to get very close.
Mulanje is a hiker’s paradise with clear paths, good quality huts, ease of access, and jaw-dropping scenery. This is the home of Mt Mulanje, a towering hunk of granite that rises into the clouds. Lush valleys and sparkling waterfalls complete this dramatic scene. The area’s also known for the Mulanje cedar which grows up to 40m high. Look out for all kinds of wildlife such as monkeys and black eagles.
Cape Maclear offers the ultimate in relaxation. Relax on powdery sand surrounded by mountains and fronted by azure water where fishing boats trawl by lazily. When you’re tired of lying on the beach, sailing, snorkeling, diving, walking, and kayaking are the activities of choice. Accommodation is varied and of high quality.
Zomba Plateau recalls Alpine France with its winding roads, pine forests, and wildflowers. Streams, lakes, and waterfalls dot the landscape. Of course the leopards and birds such as mountain wagtails will remind you that you’re still in Africa. Hike the highlands, stop for a picnic, and then rest for the night in a campground or at the famous Ku Chawe Inn.
Visit Malawi from May to mid-November during the dry season. May to July in particular is cooler with lush vegetation. If you’re going to see wildlife, October and November are the prime months though it can get blisteringly hot.
You may either want to time your visit to Malawi to coincide with a public holiday and join in the fun, or avoid the date so as to avoid additional travel costs (and possible crowds):
15 January (John Chilembwe Day)
3 March (Martyr’s Day)
1 May (Labour Day)
14 May (Kamuzu Day)
6 July (Independence Day)
15 October (Mother’s Day)
Floating Public Holidays: