How to travel from Jo'Burg to Blantyre Malawi?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Nov 6, 2013 8:41 AM Last Post By: DixoAdam
May 6, 2013 1:45 PM
How to travel from Jo'Burg to Blantyre Malawi?Hi
We are 2 females needing to make our way from Johannesburg to Malawi preferably near Blantyre. We arrive on the 16/07/13 but will most likely depart on the 17/07/13
Woul like to fly as it seems the safer option but seems quite costly, if anyone knows a cheap airline that would be great!
Other option is to get the bus and I've had a look at city to city but doesn't seem to go that route. So would like to know of good bus companies to use?
Also not sure how the visas going through Zimbabwe and Mozambique work so any info on that wuld be great.
If anyone has any experience good or bad from making this journey please share.
May 6, 2013 2:29 PM
1You can travel direct with Intercape.
Taken from their website - hypothetical dates used mind
Johannesburg To Blantyre
Route: JNB - BLA Tue 21 May 2013
09:00am ZA Wed 22 May 2013
18:00pm MW 1350.00 1150.00 1050.00 Direct Route
Will be much cheaper than flying I'd imagine.
For flights, I'd suggest using a website like skyscanner.net, expedia or flight centre which will give you an indication of how much a flight would cost.
Hope that helps.
May 6, 2013 2:49 PM
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May 8, 2013 1:03 AM
5I'd take a direct bus if possible...We did it on the cheap, taking local transport and the experience was dangerous. We got stuck in a couple of little awful towns in east Mozambique that were terribly dangerous.
There are a couple of gorgeous beaches on the way...Tofo and Villanculos in Mozambique.
Have fun and be safe!
May 10, 2013 5:13 AM
6Take the Intercape bus as said above, cheap and safe. Any flight into Malawi is very expensive as only a few airlines fly there. I don't know which border the Intercape chooses for entering Malawi. It appears Dedza border, while a longer distance, charges less customs tax to the locals importing from South Africa, and the crossing itself is supposed to be faster, officials bothering importers less. However Zobue/Mwanza border is closer to Blantyre, and you could take Malawian public transport from there to Blantyre, leaving the bus behind.. You should ask someone when booking a ticket, and see if you have a choice.. The source is my Malawian friend who has lived in Pretoria for the last 8/9 years, working there and occasionally going back to his homeland.
Regarding the visa's, you can get them at the border, Zimbabwe is $30/50, depending on your nationality, and Mozambique I don't really know. It appears if you get your Mozambique visa at the embassy before the journey it's a lot cheaper than getting it at the border. That was the case for Dutch friends traveling from Malawi to Mozambique. They paid $80 at the border, but later were told that getting it beforehand at the embassy would've been between $30 and $50.
May 19, 2013 5:36 AM
7Direct flights are prohibitively expensive. Intercape is a fraction of the cost, and safe. However, you'll be bombarded with a departure sermon, fundamentalist Christian propaganda, and terribly sexist West African movies. If you don't mind that, go for it. The journey is long; and you can travel to either Lilongwe or Blantyre (separate routes / buses). We broke down in Zimbabwe, and spent three days on the bust instead of two. An alternative option would be to take a much cheaper flight to Lusaka, and then use public transport to Malawi - but preferably break this up into two portions. You could also take a bus to Harare and then a separate bus to Malawi - there are a great many options.
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