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Travel Guide Africa Malawi Mzuzu





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Mzuzu is Malawi's third most populous city, though it is better known to travellers as both the jumping-off point for Nkhata Bay and the first major conurbation encountered if entering Malawi from Tanzania. Mzuzu is noticeably colder than the lakeside towns.



Getting There

By Plane

There is an airstrip in Mzuzu but it does not appear to be served by any scheduled airlines.

By Bus

There are several AXA buses per day from Karonga to Mzuzu, taking about 4.5 hours. There are also several AXA buses per day from Mzuzu to Lilongwe, taking about 6.5 hours.
There are many matatus (minibuses) from Nkhata Bay to Mzuzu each day taking about an hour. There is also an AXA bus leaving Mzuzu for Nkhata Bay at about 6:30am, and one returning from Nkhata Bay at about 1:00pm.



Getting Around

By Foot

The centre of Mzuzu is certainly small enough to traverse on foot.





  • Flame Tree Guesthouse, (+265) 1333053, Flame Tree Guesthouse (though note this website is principally for the sister guesthouse beside Lake Malawi) - Flame Tree Guesthouse sits in a residential area less than ten minutes' walk from the bus station. It's a clean, quiet place with meals available.



Keep Connected


There are internet caf├ęs in the main cities and tourist locations.

Skyband provide public WiFi hotspots around Airports, Restaurants, Hotels, Conference Areas, Cafe's, Sports Clubs, Bars, Pubs and General Public Areas.s. Credit is purchased with vouchers in denominations of 25MB, 50MB, 100MB, 200MB and 500MB at hotspot locations. The price is high when compared to a data bundle with a mobile provider.


See also International Telephone Calls

Malawi's country code is 265.

The country's two man mobile gsm providers are Airtel and TNM. For 3G TNM has better coverage with Airtel only really covering the largest cities. Sim cards are available for 200 MWK.


Malawi Posts provides services, that are affordable yet not very efficient or fast. Postcards will eventually arrive though. For parcels, it's better to use international courier services like DHL or FedEx.


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