Blantyre in detail


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.

Police Stations

Emergency & Important Numbers

Rapid Response Unit01-830350

Internet Access

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.

Standard Bank ATM

Standard Bank ATM



Post Office Has Western Union and DHL counters. Other couriers are also found in this area.

Tourist Information

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.

Travel Agencies

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.


Pick up maps at Central Africana Bookshop and Central Bookshop.

Department of Surveys Map Sales Office Survey maps of Blantyre and the surrounding area are available here.