Currency

Malawian kwacha (MK)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$50

  • Dorm bed: US$10
  • AXA bus from Lilongwe to Blantyre: US$16
  • Carlsberg beer in a bar: US$1

Midrange: US$50–150

  • Flight from Lilongwe to Blantyre: US$90
  • PADI Open Water dive course: US$380
  • Guided wildlife walk: US$20

Top End: More than US$150

  • Flight from Lilongwe to Likoma Island: US$295
  • All-inclusive single room in wildlife lodge: US$350–550
  • Restaurant main course: US$11

Bargaining

At craft and curio stalls geared towards tourists, bargaining is expected. Some vendors might initially ask for double the price they’re willing to accept; haggle until you arrive at a mutually agreeable price. Try not to have the attitude that people are trying to rip you off. If the price seems fair and affordable to you, there’s no point in bargaining someone down just for the sake of it.

Money

There's an FMB ATM that sometimes works; stock up on funds before arriving.