Getting there: Fly into Lilongwe International Airport (LLW) via Johannesburg in South Africa, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia or Nairobi in Kenya. An overland trip is also an option with Malawi being bordered by Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique.
Capital city: Lilongwe.
Population: 17.663 million.
Religion: Predominantly Christian.
Language: English and Chichewa.
Currency: Malawian kwacha (MWK).
Climate: Subtropical relatively dry and seasonal. There is a warm, wet season from November to April and a cool, dry winter from May to August.
Transport: Using a personal car in Malawi is very easy since there is little traffic and there are many interesting places to visit within short distances. There are also inexpensive options like mini buses for local journeys and larger coaches for long distances. The train service is very limited and crowded. For those wanting to travel by boat, the famous lake ferry — The Ilala — allows travellers to take in incredible scenery on their journey. The ferry currently operates between Monkey Bay in the south and Chilumba in the north.
Best time to travel: The dry season offers cooler temperatures in the highlands but warm, and sunny days around the lake — in short, good beach weather. For wildlife enthusiasts, the end of the dry season in October is the perfect time to visit as the animals congregate around waterholes.
What to wear: Wearing revealing clothing out of the resort and beach environment can be offensive so cover up when out and about. Avoid blue and black clothing because the tsetse flies are attracted to these colours and a bite can result in the African sleeping sickness.