Safety & Security – Malawi

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

With a reputation for friendly people and great appeal for first-time travelers to Africa, Malawi is, in our opinion, overall a safe country to visit – even more so if your visit is primarily an organized safari. About 800,000 visitors enter Malawi every year and most visits are trouble free. To a certain degree though, safety is a matter of subjective opinion and experience. We therefore encourage you to form your own opinion by consulting various resources. Your government's travel advice for Malawi would be a good place to start.

As in many developing countries, theft and muggings are relatively common. Most incidents are in the main cities, Lilongwe and Blantyre. Walking alone at night around these cities is not recommended, though an overnight stay at a reputable hotel or an organized visit to one of the many attractions in or around the cities is fine. Traveling or driving at night is not recommended either.

As for all travel abroad and in wildlife areas, we do advise these basic safety precautions:

Governments' Travel Advice

Please use the links below for governments' travel advice on Malawi.

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