The Lilongwe Airport (known as Kamuzu International Airport) lies some 25km north of Malawi's capital. Airport transfers take about an hour, or less when the traffic is light, and can usually be arranged through your lodge. Alternatively, you can take a taxi, but there is no public transport available.
You can fly into Lilongwe from major cities in the region, including Johannesburg in South Africa, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Lusaka in Zambia, Harare in Zimbabwe and Nairobi in Kenya. There are also flights from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, as well as domestic flights from the Malawian city of Blantyre and other national destinations. There are regular bus services running between Lilongwe and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Lusaka (Zambia) and Blantyre (Malawi). For in Lilongwe travellers can get around using private taxis or cheaper, public minibus taxis fllowing set routes.
The Lilongwe International Airport (LLW), also known as Kamuzu International Airport, lies about 25 km outside of Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Private taxis run between the airport and Lilongwe or you can usually arrange a transfer through your lodge/guesthouse.
Several airlines service the Lilongwe Airport, including Air Malawi, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM , Proflight Zambia and South African Airways. About 5 international flights operate via the airport per day.
Walk through the scenic Lilongwe Wildlife Sanctuary situated in the city, between old town and new. The nature park rescues and rehabilitates various animals from across Malawi, including a lion and leopard.
Admire the architecture of the Chinese-built Parliament Building and see the Kamuzu Mausoleum, the memorial of Malawi's first president, Dr Banda.
Spend some time wondering through the charming old town with its lively cafes, restaurants and markets.
Shop at street markets like the Lilongwe food market in the Old Town, and don't miss the woodcarving markets and Lilongwe Craft Market. There's even a second hand clothes market.
Kumbali Village, just outside of Lilongwe, is a good place to get a feel for Malawian culture - watch traditional dancing, drumming and live music and enjoy a tasty meal in this peaceful bush setting.
Stand in the public gallery of the auction warehouse to witness exhilirating trades in tabacco, Malawi's major export.