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International visits

Airlines

There are no direct flights from the UK to Malawi. Four airlines provide daily flights via transit airports. Most flights are overnight. Typical outward flights leave Heathrow at 8pm and arrive in Lilongwe at noon the next day. Return flights leave Lilongwe in the late morning and arrive at Heathrow at 7am the following day. The return flight usually has a 5+ hour wait at the transit airport. Lower cost flights may have an exceptionally long wait at the transit airport and this needs careful checking when booking.

Lilongwe airport is 16 miles north of the city centre. Taxis are available.

AirlineViaDetails
British AirwaysJohannesburgFlight between Johannesburg to Lilongwe with South African Airlines - www.britishairways.com
Ethiopian AirlinesAddis Ababawww.ethiopianairlines.com
Kenya AirwaysNairobiArrangement with KLM so flights between Nairobi and Heathrow may be with KLM - www.kenya-airways.com
KLMAmsterdamUK regional airports via Amsterdam to Nairobi. Flights between Nairobi and Lilongwe with Kenyan Airways - www.klm.com

Accommodation in Lilongwe

For international visitors who want to stay overnight in Lilongwe, there are a number of hotels of different types and prices available.

Mabuya Campsite

On Livingstone Road, chalets and dormitories for backpackers, swimming pool www.mabuya.com

Heugin’s Lodge

In suburbs, 8 rooms (5 ensuite), swimming pool. No website : use search engine for Heugin's Lodge.

Sunbird Capital

In capital city, 182 rooms (all air conditioned), swimming pool www.sunbirdmalawi.com

Sanctuary Lodge

Within Nature Sanctuary, ensuite chalets and campsite and swimming pool. Problem with the website www.thesanctuarylodge.net try using a search engine.

Sunbird Lilongwe

On M1 between old and new towns, 94 rooms (air conditioned), swimming pool www.sunbirdmalawi.com

Kiboko Town Hotel

In old town, 14 rooms of three standards www.kibokohotel.com

Korea Garden Lodge

In old town, 53 rooms and self-catering appartments www.kglodge.net

Tour Operators

A number of companies will organise tours in Malawi and act as booking agents for hotels, game park lodges, etc

Books

Travel books on Malawi include the following:

Malawi Bradt Travel Guide, fifth edition April 2010
Zambia and Malawi Lonely Planet Travel Guide, first edition March 2009

Websites