Malawi: Backpacking

The warm heart of Africa

Malawi Backpacking

A backpacking holiday in Malawi is an ideal low budget way to see one of the friendliest countries in Africa. Backpackers will often come in from the neighbouring countries of Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. Transport is inexpensive and frequent, with various methods including the cheapest and slowest ‘big bus’, which makes regular stops, to the ‘Shire Bus Lines’ luxury non-stop service. These are replaced by Matolas (pick-up trucks) and bicycle taxis in more rural areas.

Cheap accommodation in Malawi is widely available and most backpacker’s accommodation in Malawi have camping available all year round, in addition to dorms and private rooms. Most backpacker’s accommodation in Malawi also have self-catering facilities as well as their own restaurants. Shopping for food is cheap and local produce consists of a wide variety of locally grown fruit and vegetables, rice, beans, fish and meat. There are also bakeries and supermarkets selling a wider selection.