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Money & costs


The unit of currency is the kwacha (MK), which is made up of 100 tambala. The best foreign currencies to carry with you are US dollars, British pounds and South African rands. You’ll find a few ATMs at banks in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Karonga, Liwonde, Mzuzu, Salima and Zomba. Very few places outside main cities will accept credit cards. Most banks and bureaux de change won’t charge you a commission for changing cash, but there’s usually a 1% commission for changing travellers cheques.