Safety & Security – Malawi
With its reputation for friendly people and its 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 third-world 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. Travelling or driving at night is not recommended either.
As for all traveling abroad and in wildlife areas, we do advise these basic safety precautions:
- Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions
- Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions
- General Travel Safety Precautions
- Malaria & Vaccinations – Malawi
Governments' Travel Advice
Please use the links below for governments' travel advice on Malawi.
- Australia – www.smartraveller.gov.au
- Canada – www.voyage.gc.ca
- Ireland – www.dfa.ie
- New Zealand – www.safetravel.govt.nz
- United Kingdom – www.gov.uk
- United States – travel.state.gov