Monday, 19 October 2009

Travelling from Lilongwe to Mzuzu

I have been asked quite often the best way to get from Lilongwe, Malawi's capital, to Mzuzu, so thought I would post the options below:

Taxi: Easily the quickest way! costs about £90 and gets you there in under 3 hours
Minibus: Seen by some as the only way to travel in Africa, let alone Malawi, can be dangerous but cheap and fun (if you don't mind the chickens under your seat...)
Coach: Not expensive, and pretty quick (5-6 hours) - need to go into the town to pick this up
Plane: Not available any more, but you could fly from Mzuzu to Lilongwe on a 24 seater twin-prop for about £50
Private car hire: Prohibitively expensive. Get a 4x4 if you are taking this option!
There are two routes to go one is via the lakeside (this is longer) or directly up the centre of the country. Roads are quite good, though bridges can get washed away in the rainy season.
Hope that helps!

Find out more about the capsized sugar truck on the road in this post.

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