Malawi is located in south-east Africa and is a narrow land-locked country covering 118,000 sq. kms. Traversing the country north to south is the Great Rift Valley which contains Africa's third largest lake and covers 20% of the land area. The south is heavily populated. 50% of the land is forested.

The climate is equatorial monsoonal. The dry season lasts from May to October and the wet season from November to April. November is the hottest month.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Exploring the ancient wonders of Lake Malawi National Park can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on returning to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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