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MALAWI

Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi.

Malawi is over 118,000 km2 (45,560 sq mi) with an estimated population of 16,777,547 (July 2013 est.). Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawis largest city; the second largest is Blantyre and the third is Mzuzu. The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is also nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa".

When to go:
Winter is the best time to visit Malawi, coinciding with the dry season, and lasting from May to October. June and July are the coolest months with average daytime temperatures of 21 C, and colder nights especially in the highlands.

Average monthly temperature (°C)

Timezone (GMT):
+2 (Malawi).

Language:
English, Chichewa.

Currency:
Malawi Kwacha (MWK).

Tourist/Visa/health information:
Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Hepatitis B are recommended aswell as malaria tablets for protection against disease. Yellow Fever is required for travellers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area.

Flight information:
There are no direct flights from London to Malawi, however there are flights from London to Lilongwe with stopovers in Nairobi or Johannesburg.
Flights to Malawi land in Lilongwe International Airport, located 12 miles (19km) outside of Lilongwe. It is Malawis major international airport, however there is a secondary facility, Blantyre-Chileka International Airport, located 9 miles (16km) outside of Blantyre.

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