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Cheap Flights to Malawi

On your trip to Malawi, you'll likely land at one of these three airports, Kamuzu International (LLW), also called Lilongwe International, Karonga Airport, (KGF) or Chileka International Airport (KGF). With all these choices, why not let Skyscanner's online search engine help you find the cheapest airfare to the airport of your choice? The handy Route Map program can help. Book your hotel, and perhaps a car and your booking chores are done.

What to Do in Malawi

Malawi is a wildlife watcher's paradise. On the southern end of the country, Lake Malawi offers safaris, scuba diving tours and has an aquarium. Lake Malawi National Park, a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site, is on the southern tip of the lake. Liwande National Park is southeast of Lilongwe, the capital city. It fronts the Shire River and Lake Malombe and is home to elephants and black rhinos. Nyika National Park is in the north, on the Malawi border. It's on a high plateau, so you'll find wooded valleys and large grasslands. Zebras, antelopes, bushbucks and wild cats live here. The bird-watching is excellent. One of the few malls in Malawi is the Four Seasons Centre in Lilongwe. It offers imported goods, some of them brand names, as well as locally made items. You'll also find a restaurant, bar, and a smaller café. A playground, including a bouncy castle, is available for the kids.

Airports in Malawi

  • The Kamuzu International Airport (LLW), is sometimes called the Lilongwe International Airport because it is only 20 kilometres from Malawi's capital city. It's on the small side, with one terminal and two airlines, Malawian and Swift Air using it for a base. Other carriers flying into Kamuzu include Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Profit Zambia, South African Airways and Ulendo Airlink. Passenger services include a chemist shop, news agent, Duty-Free shop, bank, tourist desk and car rental agency. Taxi service is available. Rates are usually negotiated at pick up. Shuttles into town may also be arranged through most hotels. Kamuzu Airport is in the central part of the country.
  • Karonga Airport, about 5 kilometres from the city of Karonga in northern Malawi, is another single terminal facility. Air Malawi and Executive Airlines are the only carriers using this strip. It has a bank, tourist desk, a bar, car rentals and a taxi stand. Karonga Airport operates during daylight hours.
  • The Chileka International Airport is in the southern part of the country, about 16 kilometres from Blantyre, Malawi's second largest city. Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Malawian Airlines and South African Airways all fly into this one terminal facility. It also operates during daylight hours and the airport has limited facilities. Taxis into Blantyre are usually available, charging about $11.00 CAD for the trip.

Tips

  • Accepted currency is the Malawian Kwacha. It's always best to exchange some cash into the local currency before you arrive. Sometimes ATMs at the airports go out of service. Kamuzu International has the most available passenger services.
  • Canadians need a visa to travel to Malawi. Obtain your visa before you leave home. If you are traveling to volunteer, you'll need additional documents. Vaccinations for certain diseases, such as tetanus, typhoid, and hepatitis A, are advised. Check with your doctor.
  • Dress in Malawi is usually informal, but wearing skimpy clothing or beachwear outside of a resort area is considered rude. You'll want lightweight, breathable clothing, preferably in muted natural colours. Bring a sweater for cold evenings and a rain coat, just in case.
  • Travelling to Malawi between April and September means the temperatures stay around the 20 degree Celsius mark and you'll typically see little rain. The hottest month is usually November, averaging 30 degrees Celsius. Just remember, this is the tropics, and the weather can change on a dime, year-round.

Cheap Flights to Malawi - Destinations

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