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Cheap Flights to Lilongwe, Malawi

  • Area Density : 1,479 km² (3,830 sq. mi)
  • Area Code : +265
  • Currency : Malawian Kwacha (MWK)
  • Population City & Borough : 1,077,116 (2015)
  • Official Language : English, Chichewa
  • Time Zones : CAT (UTC+2)
  • Airports : Lilongwe International Airport (LLW)

Lilongwe International Airport is located no more than 30 kilometres from the city centre and is also known as Kamuzu International Airport. Available transport from the airport to the city comprises minibuses, taxis that take around 30 to 40 minutes or passengers can hire a vehicle from major rental companies.

From Cape Town, travellers can take flights with the following airlines to Lilongwe International Airport:

  • South African (via Johannesburg) 5h 55m+
  • British Airways (via Johannesburg) 6h 0m+
  • Ethiopian (via Johannesburg, Blantyre) 7h 15m+

Additional airlines landing at LLW include:

Reasons to Visit Lilongwe in Malawi

  • Named after the Lilongwe River, Lilongwe is Malawi’s capital and largest city situated close to the borders of Mozambique and Zambia making it an imperative economic hub. It was officially founded in 1906 as a trading post and recognised as a town in 1947 but previously existed for centuries as a small fishing village on the banks of the Lilongwe River.
  • Landlocked between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, Malawi is a long narrow strip filled with unsurpassed natural beauty of lakes, rivers, forests, wetlands, wildlife and friendly people. The country is dominated by Lake Malawi that’s 570km in length and between 16 to 18 kilometres in width and Africa’s third largest lake. Lilongwe is split into the Old Town in the south and the New Town in the north with the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary in the middle. The Old Town bustles with stores, cafes, markets, restaurants and hotels while the New Town comprises embassies, corporate headquarters and international aid organisations.
  • Lilongwe offers around 12 hotels of which the Sunbird Lilongwe and Bridgeview Hotel & Conference Centre offer good value for money with helpful management. The Pacific Hotel is outstanding and better than some 5-Star hotels and a real gem is the Korea Garden Lodge where you get what you pay for. In addition, there are speciality lodges, B&Bs, Inns, holiday rentals and backpacking establishments.
  • There may not be hundreds of restaurants in this city, but the majority serve up scrumptious meals. For a delectable Indian meal, Word of Mouth and Bombay Palace are excellent while Ama Khofi and Kat-Man-Doo serve good food in relaxed pleasing outdoor settings and very popular is Lark Café. With just a few nightclubs and bars, Vision Gaming is a great bar to enjoy a drink with friends.
  • Major roads from Lilongwe lead to the north and south of the country affording an abundance of splendid natural wonders such as Lake Malawi National Park, a World Heritage Site and the world’s first freshwater national park with opportunities for relaxing on a beach, bird watching, fishing, climbing, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, diving, kayaking, water skiing. Stay over in a lakeside lodge, on a catamaran or enjoy a camping experience.

When to Go to Lilongwe in Malawi

The best time to visit Malawi is from early May to late October, during the drier winter months. It’s also the best time for wonderful game viewing and if visiting Lake Malawi you’ll have lovely dry, warm sunny days, perfect for the beach. Average high temperatures range between 28°C to 32°C.

The country’s rainfall occurs during its hot summer months from November to April with some roads in national parks impassable and a higher risk of malaria.

Places to Visit in Lilongwe in Malawi

  • Take a relaxing walk along the river in the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre while viewing animals and learning more about wildlife conservation.
  • The Nkhoma Mountain can be a challenge for non-hikers in some parts but is worth it once reaching the top that provides wonderful vistas.
  • The National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens of Malawi is the perfect place for tranquillity, a family picnic and to purchase plants at low prices.
  • Visiting Kumbali Cultural Village affords live music, accommodation, excellent food, arts and crafts, mountain biking, volleyball and a laid back atmosphere. Kids can have fun painting, pottery or riding bikes.
  • The towering World War 1 Memorial is a sad reminder of the Kings African riffles Soldiers that sacrificed their lives in WW1. Climbing to the top provides a splendid view.
  • The open air Lizulu Market has well priced food, fruit and vegetables on one side and clothing on the other and the two are linked by several bamboo bridges that cost a small amount to cross.
  • For stunning gemstones pop into Gems and Jewellery Lanka.
  • The Parliament Building is a beautiful structure well worth visiting and you may be lucky enough to witness a brief session taking place.
  • To lift your spirit with lively praise and worship, attend the mass at Maula Cathedral at the 08h00 mass.
  • Arrange a tour or for general information and assistance Malawi Travel are highly rated for friendliness and going the extra mile.

Getting Around Lilongwe in Malawi

There are regular bus services reaching Blantyre, Zomba, Kasungu and Mzuzu, including Johannesburg.

Minibuses are most convenient for travelling between the Old Town and the city centre. In the Old Town they’re located next to Shoprite and in the city centre they’re located at the north end of Independence Drive.

Taxis can be located outside major hotels and shopping malls as well as outside Shoprite in the Old Town.

Rental vehicles:
Vehicles can be rented from Avis, Best Car Hire, Mame Car Hire and many others located in this city.