Amazingly, most of the roads in Malawi are in good shape. Travel times between cities should be "reasonable."
, most of the roads in Malawi are in good shapetimes between should be "reasonable."
Revision as of 18:19, 30 December 2004
Malawian kwacha (MWK)
total: 118,480 sq km water: 24,400 sq km land: 94,080 sq km
10,701,824 note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2002 est.)
English (official), Chichewa (official), other languages important regionally
Protestant 55%, Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 3%, other 2%
Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule, the country held multiparty elections in 1994 under a provisional constitution, which took full effect the following year. National multiparty elections were held again in 1999.
Unlike many of Malawi's neighbors, most of the roads in Malawi are in surprisingly good shape; therefore, travel times between destinations should be "reasonable." The Malawian police force have set up "check points" along many of the major roadways. By and large, they are looking for illegal activities (drug smuggling, etc.), and will let most private transportation through without much hassle. It might worthwhile, however, to carry an old magazine with you to "lubricate" the checkpoint process.
"Luxury" buses, medium-sized buses, and minibuses all service the country. Generally, if police are going to hassle travelers, it will be individuals using these types of transportation.
Taxis are available in Lilongwe and Blantyre. Rental cars are also available in these cities. Costs vary depending on vehicle type, but expect a compact car to run about $60/day.
English is one of the official languages of Malawi (with Chewa and Tumbuka) and is widely spoken.