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I will be traveling with 3 students to Malawi next month and was under the impression that we can get our Visa upon arrival, is this true? The embassy said that they prefer you to get them ahead of time but we will be staying at a hospital and our contacts there likely won't be able to provide us with the required documents from them in time.

Any advice?

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Despite being the only person (likely in the history of Mayuka Village) to not snorkel or dive or even swim, I think I'll head to Senga Bay. To pester the locals again. I just hope they don't have relatives in Nkhata who have warned them already! Any recommendations on a decent place? I can pitch my tent if all else fails. Good campsites?

Thanks in advance as always.

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Does anyone know if there is any bus company where I can make reservations for a seat in advance? I tried AXA and it is first come first served. This is the one from the City Mall bus station. My dratted herniated neck is acting up (been abusing it a LOT lately and it is understandably acting up).

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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.

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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?