Dangers & Annoyances
It’s not safe to walk around the city alone at night – there's a high risk of mugging. Always use a taxi after dark. Also watch your valuables around the busy bus and minibus stations. Bag-snatching occasionally happens in daylight.
Emergency & Important Numbers
|Rapid Response Unit||01-830350|
You'll find plenty of internet cafes and wi-fi hot spots in Blantyre.
Provost Internet Cafe Also does photocopying and scanning.
Banks, including Standard Bank, are clustered around the intersection of Glyn Jones Rd and Victoria Ave. Standard changes cash and travellers cheques and has 24-hour ATMs, as does the National Bank of Malawi and its second branch.
You can change money on the black market with the Rastas at the craft stalls.
Post Office Has Western Union and DHL counters. Other couriers are also found in this area.
Immigration Office For visa extensions or temporary-residency applications.
Tourist Office In a cottage-like tax building dating to 1939, this small office covers the whole country. It stocks a few leaflets and maps, sells wall maps of Malawi (MK5000), and can offer enthusiastic, though not always particularly helpful, advice.
Jambo Africa A great one-stop shop for travel tickets, car hire, excursions and accommodation, Jambo owns a park lodge and two self-catering cottages on the lake. It has a second office next to the Shree Hindu Temple.
Rennies Travel Sells tickets for Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Malawian Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines flights.