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Karonga is the most northerly town of any size in Malawi, close to the border with Tanzania. It sits on the shore of Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Nyasa). Other than the lake, its only attraction is the Culture and Museum Centre, containing a reconstructed Malawisaurus skeleton. Note that the ATMs here only accept Visa.
The Culture and Museum Centre (MK500 ticket) contains a reconstructed skeleton of Malawisaurus, a herbivorous dinosaur of the early Cretaceous period that was excavated nearby. More interesting are the exhibits chronicling the history of the region and its Ngonde people, in particular Karonga's beginnings as a base for Arab slavers.
There are shared taxis to/from the border with Tanzania, taking about 45 minutes and costing MK500 per person (July 2009).
There are several AXA buses per day between Karonga and Mzuzu, taking about 4.5 hours and costing MK750 (July 2009).
Karonga is quite spread out but it is still small enough to negotiate on foot.
Internet is available at the Culture and Museum Centre for MK10 per minute (July 2009).
See also International Telephone Calls
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