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Continued from Malawi tips part 1

Mzuzu to Livingstonia and back
Possible to get on a minibus from Mzuzu to Chitimba, then it's 15km uphill walk along the unpaved road to Livingstonia; shorter if using shortcuts, but this I wouldn't recommend to those carrying luggage. Also, there are pick up trucks waiting at the Chitimba junction leaving to Livingstonia throughout the day. I left my big luggage in Mzuzu, others found it more convenient to leave theirs at Chitimba's campsite lockers.

Many…

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Route travelled: Cuamba to Madimba (Mozambique)-Chiponde-Mangochi-Livonde-Zomba-Blantyre-Likhabula (for Mount Mulanje)-Cape Maclear-Mzuzu-Livingstonia-Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay-Likoma-Nkhata Bay-Mzuzu-Lilongwe-Lusaka (Zambia)

Visited: Livonde, Zomba, Blantyre, Mount Mulanje, Cape Maclear, Livingstonia, Nkhata Bay and Likoma

Travel period: Jan-Feb 2016

Malawi was wonderful, very safe and I fell in love both with the country and its people! I was planning to stay there for not more than two weeks but…

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Likoma

Likoma is this island close to Mozambican shores of Lake Malawi. It's a beautiful island with some nice beaches, pretty villages, baobabs, birds and butterflies. I think the bird life is the most varied I've seen in Malawi's NPs. Pity it's a little difficult to get to Likoma, but things are improving and the trip is worth the effort for those with time to explore off beaten track Malawi.

Below is what I did in Likoma and how I’d do things differently:

Day 1
AM: Nkhata Bay to Likoma on a ferry…

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Nkhata Bay in the northern region of Lake Malawi wouldn't look too dissimilar to a beach destination in Mediterranean, Caribbean or SE Asia. The beaches in the area are nice and sandy, the mountainous backdrop complements the lakeside and the water is clear and calm(ish) even though it was the rainy season when I visited.

I stayed at Mayoka Village lodge. It's nice, many good things and some bad ones. It's beautifully scattered over the side of the hill overlooking this small bay; it has its…

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Beautiful nature with some wonderful views is what I liked the most about Livingstonia. The remoteness of the place and the urban feel in the middle of nowhere also appeal.

Possible to get on a minibus from Mzuzu to Chitimba, then it's 15km uphill walk along the unpaved road to Livingstonia; shorter if using shortcuts, but this I wouldn't recommend to those carrying luggage. Also, there are pick up trucks waiting at the Chitimba junction leaving to Livingstonia throughout the day. I left my big…

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I came to spend a night on the mountain, but ended up staying for four days. And I had a great guide.

The popular trailheads start in Chitakale (Boma Path) and Likhabula (Skyline (Chambe Plateau) Path or Lichenya Path or Chapaluka Path). Chitakale is easier to reach from Limbe, but Boma Path starting from Chitakale is apparently steep. Many tourists head instead towards Likhabula some 15km further up dirt road from Chitakale.

Likhabula can be reached by taking a minibus from Limbe towards…

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I'm arriving in Lilongwe on a Sunday afternoon, and want to get the Ilala ferry from Nkhata Bay on Monday evening.
It's a few years since I last got the AXA bus to Mzuzu, but still there's no online timetable! Can anyone tell me what time it leaves Lilongwe/arrives Mzuzu? And how long it would take to then get to Nkhata bay and the ferry terminal?

Doe the AXA bus still need booking in advance, to be sure of getting on it?

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Dear all,

In approximately a month and some days I plan on traveling from Kigali to Dar Es Salaam and then from Dar Es Salaam to Vic Falls through Zambia. I am in doubt on whether I should take the Tazara all the way from Dar Es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi or stop in Mbeya and cross Malawi to spend some time there. I am not a very experienced solo traveller and I am not familiar with subsaharan Africa so I could really use some advice on this! I'd really like to visit Malawi but at the same time I…

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Hi, we hope to fly from Johannesburg or Durban to Malawi for some chill time on the beach, we,v heard Lake Malawi is beautiful, but which part to stay at? which airport do we fly into ? Blantyre or llongwa? we will not have a car, can we get to Lake Malawi using public transport and spend a relaxing few days before flying back to SA. Thanks for any advice

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Does anyone have any recent experience with Malawian Airlines ?
We are about to make a booking from Blantyre to Lilongwe to get us there in time to catch an international flight to Ethiopia. Having had a bad experience with small African airline companies in the past I wanted to be reasonably sure of Malawian Airlines reliability.

Thanks