Malawi is a country of great natural beauty in East Central Africa at approximately 15 degrees south and 35 degrees east. It is bordered by Tanzania to the north and northeast, Zambia to the west, Mozambique to the southeast, south and southwest. It is a small narrow country lying north to south, it is approximately 850 km long and 160 km wide.Malawi is the southern end of the Great Rift Valley and contains Lake Malawi which is the southern most lake in the series of lakes making the valley’s route from the Red Sea.Lake Malawi is the worlds ninth largest lake and is often referred to as the calendar lake. It is 365 miles long, the days of the year. 52 miles wide, the weeks of the year and 700 meters deep. The deepest parts of the lake is 230 meters below sea level and the surface is 470 meters above sea level.Climate – The lakeshore areas have a low rainfall, and a warm relaxing climate. With mean daily temperatures ranging from 26⁰C in January to21⁰C in July. The dry season is in winter between May and October. The rainy season is between December and April and there is always ample sunshine at the lake.What to wear – Dress is informal in Malawi, for daytime wear,
Men need sports shirts and shorts and a pair of slacks for cooler days.
Woman need little more than light dresses, shorts, skirts and tops. ( not forgetting the essential swimming attire.)
Immigration – All visitors require valid passports. Check with the Malawi Diplomatic Mission nearest to you for current Visa requirements.
Health – It is advisable to take the usual Prophylactics against Malaria. The waters of the Lake Malawi are generally free from Bilharzia, as are all the fast running mountain streams. Bilharzia tablets are readily available from the pharmacy. For your own comfort bring mosquito repellents.
Driving – International driving licenses are acceptable in Malawi. Check with management on road conditions who will gladly advise you on the best routes to the lake. It is advisable to make enquiries about the fuel situation before motoring to Malawi
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