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Travel with Children

There are few formal facilities for children in Malawi; however, the country is generally a safe and friendly place for children to visit. Older kids will love the outdoor activities that Malawi has to offer, and many lodges in the wilderness areas and beaches are geared towards families.

Most of the big international hotels in Blantyre and Lilongwe can provide babysitting services, family rooms and cots for babies, as can several of the tourist lodges up and down the coast. Similarly, many of the big-city restaurants frequented by expats and tourists will be able to provide high chairs. Disposable nappies and formula are widely available in supermarkets and speciality shops in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu but can be difficult to find elsewhere.

A word of warning: never let your children swim in Lake Malawi from just before dusk into the night. There are many tragic stories about kids who outstayed their welcome and got taken by crocs and hippos, who come out at this time.