Cheap Flights to Malawi
Formerly known as Nyasaland, Malawi is nicknamed The Warm Heart of Africa. Located in southeast Africa its bordered by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique with Lake Malawi separating it from Tanzania and Mozambique.
Malawi has three regions; Central, Northern and Southern and is divided into 28 districts with two major cities, the capital Lilongwe, and Blantyre its commercial hub. Other cities are Zomba, formerly the capital, and Mzuzu in the north. The country is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Lake Malawi National Park and the Chongoni Rock Art Area.
Airlines touching down on Malawian soil are South African Airways, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. Most overseas visitors take flights out of Johannesburg to Malawi. Finding cheap flights to Malawi is super simple with our free flight comparison software.
Becoming the capital in 1975, Lilongwe’s Old Town is noticeably separate from the new Capital City with modern buildings in green settings while the Old Town has the appearance of a traditional African settlement, but both, definitely worth a visit with the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary located between them. There a number of excellent hotels in Lilongwe, one of which is the 5-Star President Walmont Hotel. In the heart of the Old Town, the old Imperial Hotel was renovated, reopening as the Kiboko Town Hotel. Additionally there are great guest houses and lodges. Lilongwe has a variety of outdoor activities comprising bird watching, 4x4 trips, walking safaris, mountain biking, cultural visits and sports.
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Lilongwe International Airport, Malawi
Weather In Lilongwe, Malawi
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Malawi’s summer from November to April has the rainy season and is hot and humid. Winter is pleasant with cooler days between May and October but the coolest months are June and July where daytime temperatures are around 21°C with very cold nights. The northern coast of Lake Malawi experiences the heaviest rainfall with an average in excess of 163cm annually while 70% of the country has around 75 to 100cm annually. Situated centrally in Malawi, Lilongwes elevation of 1,041m encounters a reasonably warm climate, sufficient rainfall with daily average temperatures during November, its hottest month, between 17 and 29°C while the coolest month July provides average temperatures between 7 and 23°C.
When to Fly to Malawi
Peak: A busy time for tourists from May to August with the weather dry and cooler and increased game viewing. When the heat starts again from September, it makes for easier game viewing, with the landscape drying out attracting wildlife to declining water resources.
Low: January to the end of April with hot sunny days benefits visitors with fewer people and discounted rates.
Getting Around Malawi
Travelling through the country by car Avis car Hire is enjoyable as Malawi’s main highways are in fairly good condition, other than frequent potholes and livestock. Avis is located in major cities, airports and popular destinations while Budget has a branch in Lilongwe but there are plenty of local car rental companies.
AXA Coach Services is the country’s primary bus company with coach travel being the most expensive. AXA operates twice daily between Blantyre and Lilongwe. It affords travellers luxury, air-conditioning, toilet facilities, executive reclining seating, snacks, and coffee including an on-board magazine.
AXA Luxury Coach and City Trouper has air-conditioning, reclining seats, televisions but no toilets and service the route between Blantyre and Karonga with stops at all main towns.
The Super Sink Bus is comfortable and travels between Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
The Country Commuter Buses are ideal for backpackers covering the lakeshore region. There are also local minibuses operating on a fill-up-and-go basis. The rural areas have very few buses, sometimes none at all. You may find a bus, a matola which is a truck or pick-up with everyone piled on the back.
Malawi Insider Information
- A must experience is Lake Malawi, around 365 miles long and 52 miles broad reaching depths of 700m in the north home to approximately 700 species of fish. Sparkling fresh water, golden beaches and fishing villages dotted along its shores attract visitors. Its popular for sailing, kayaking, diving, snorkelling and water skiing.
- Tourists have over ten national parks and reserves to visit. The oldest one is the Liwonde National Park in the south with superb accommodation and great game viewing. Nyika National Park in the north affords visitors exceptional wildlife viewing on its grassland plateau with excellent accommodation and adjacent has the Vwasa Marsh Wildlife Reserve with bush-game.
- Birders will appreciate over 650 recorded species of birds across various landscapes.
- A beautiful variety of flowers can be found in the Lower Shire lagoons while at all altitudes throughout the country, there are at least 400 species of orchids.