Malawian Style was created in 2010 by Michael Varndell. The company has since run over 300 trips. We work with agents all over the world and specialize in travel to Malawi and Zambia and expanding into Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zanzibar.
Baggage restrictions depend on the airline with which you are flying. This is between one to two checked bag per person not weighing more than 23 kilos each. Carry-on luggage is limited to one piece per person. For more information, you should ask your airline. If you are flying on small charter aircraft within Africa, further restrictions will apply. Please if you have any question feel free to ask us.
You will go on safari with a certified guide employed by your lodge. These guides have received rigorous training needed to keep you safe. As long as you take attention of your guide’s instructions – no standing in the vehicle and no loud talking or shouting, you will be safe.
Going on safari is an adventure and we don’t want you to miss any part of it because you forgot something important. Check out our packing list.
Children under the age of 6 are rarely accepted at lodges and it is not recommended to bring young children on safari. If they are accepted, they will not be allowed to go on game drives and will have to be left at the lodge under the care of a babysitter or guardian. Some lodges will allow children 6 and over to go on game drives and other lodges only allow children over the age of 12. It is best to check with us and select children-friendly lodges.
Malawi is if not the, one of the safest countries in Africa, people are generally very friendly and keen to help. However, you will be travelling in one of the poorest countries of the world and it is recommended not to show your expensive cameras or jewellery. Zambia is also very safe.
At a health level Africa is not dangerous if you are prepared for it, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your trip, check your vaccines and be aware of the situation with food and water. You should also consider buying international travel insurance. For more information; check our “Before you leave” section.
A Malawian Style Guide will welcome you on your arrival in Malawi and we have an emergency number that you can contact anytime.
Most of the lodges will offer you European and American food made from locally produced ingredients. Be aware that not all fruits and vegetables are available at all time, as well as brands you are used to. You might also want to experiment with eating the local food, nsima is unmissable as well as fish fresh from the Lake!
Provide us with your dietary requirements and allergies and we will make sure that lodges offer you meals accordingly to your diet. If you are ordering on your own, make sure to be very specific with the staff about what you can and cannot eat.
We suggest you get local currency on arrival at your first destination at the bank / exchange bureau or ATM in the airport.
Malawi & Zambia – US Dollars can be very useful
Zambia – Zambian Kwacha
Malawi – Malawian Kwacha
Tipping is the norm but there is never pressure to do so. It’s important to recognise the discrepancy in living costs between Europe and Malawi and not to tip in too high amounts. Better to tip little and often, and to make sure that everyone involved in whatever service you have received gets some of the tips. Lodges: Most lodges suggest a collective tip to be given to the manager when checking out that will be distributed fairly amongst all of the staff. Suggested amount is US$5 per guest per night. One-off tips: If people wish to tip a particular person for a one-off event (e.g. porter, local guide), anything from MK100 to MK500 is suggested.
Restaurants: 5 -10% of the bill
Driver: around $20 total depending on the length of the journey
Please remember these are just guidelines and not compulsory.
Generally, Malawians sell handicrafts such as wooden carvings, sculptures, paintings, beadwork and woven articles as well as chitenge (colourful cotton material) on the side of the road