How to get here
Directions from Lilongwe to Nanchengwa Lodge – Head North out of Lilongwe as if going to the airport.The road to Salima turns right just before the industrial area. It is not sign posted so one may have to ask. Turn right and proceed for about 100kms. You will come upon a police road block at the T- junction to Nkhata Bay, carry on straight for another 10km and you will see a road on your right to Balaka. Turn right and go along this road for about 80kms. After about 60kms you will see a sign to Monkey Bay (do not take this road) take the next Monkey Bay road after another 20kms. This is the S127 to Monkey Bay. Turn left and proceed along this road for 60kms. You will reach a T- junction turn right and Follow the pointers to the lodge.
Directions from Blantyre to Nanchengwa Lodge – Head South out of Blantyre to Zomba, then on to Liwande. Cross the Shire barrage and look out for a badly sign posted road to Mangochi. Turn right and keep on this road. After about 90kms you will get to Mangochi. Keep going straight and you will see our sign on the right hand side of the road after 32kms. Turn right and follow our pointers to the lodge
Attire – Lake resorts and towns are informal, but remember that Malawians are conventional, even conservative people, so cover up. It is acceptable, however, to wear beach-wear at the resorts. Long sleeves and light trousers are recommended for the evenings as this protects one from mosquitoes. From about May till August one will need a light jersey for the evenings and early mornings.
Currency – Foreign exchange may be converted at most banks or bureau’s De change in Blantyre and Lilongwe. Use of credit cards may be difficult outside Malawi’s major centres. When travelling to the holiday resorts cash is advised. Any major currency is acceptable.Travellers cheques are almost impossible to transact.
Visa Requirements -a visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for at least six months and have at least one blank visa page in it. All visitors must have a return or onward ticket and all documents necessary for return or onward journeys, as well as sufficient funds for the duration of their stay. Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy, consulate, or travel agent.
Local Customs – Please respect local customs and traditions when visiting local villages and markets.
Remember – binoculars, cameras, spare batteries and charger, mosquito repellent and suntan lotion. Malawi uses the British three-pin, square plug and a 220-volt supply, so take adapters and transformers where necessary.
Security – Malawi has long been famous as the friendliest country in Africa – and this is still true. The people are a calm non – violent, non – aggressive race and crime in the rural areas is almost non existent. One still gets petty crime in the cities though.