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Mzuzu

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Introduction

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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. Note that there is a Visa ATM in Karonga (close to the Tanzanian border), but Mzuzu contains the most northerly Mastercard ATM in Malawi. Mzuzu is noticeably colder than the lakeside towns.

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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 and costing MK750 (July 2009). There are also several AXA buses per day from Mzuzu to Lilongwe, taking about 6.5 hours and costing MK1180 (July 2009).
There are many matatus (minibuses) from Nkhata Bay to Mzuzu each day, costing MK350 (July 2009) and 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 1PM, costing MK250 (July 2009).

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Getting Around

By Foot

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

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Sleep

Budget

  • 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. An ensuite room costs MK3000 including breakfast (July 2009).

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are a number of internet cafes in the town, all charging MK5 per minute (July 2009).

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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