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    Tourists Guide To Blantyre & General Information

    Blantyre, situated in the Southern Region of Malawi, is the Country’s centre of finance and commerce activities, and is Malawi’s second largest City. The largest City and political capital of Malawi is Lilongwe.

    An Overview & Informative Guide To Blantyre

    Blantyre is sometimes referred to as the commercial capital of Malawi. Quite a few expats from the UK and South Africa reside in Blantyre.

    What You Need To Know About Blantyre

    There are a few important things to take note of when travelling to Blantyre.

    When Is The Best Time To Visit Blantyre?

    May to October are the best times to visit Blantyre, as this is generally the dry season where temperatures are a bit more bearable throughout Malawi.

    Do I Need A Visa To Visit Blantyre?

    You generally do not need a Visa when travelling to Blantyre or any other City in Malawi.

    What Should I Pack To Visit Blantyre?

    Depending on what time of year you are travelling to Blantyre will influence what you need to pack. Generally summer clothes, something warmer for early mornings and evenings; sunscreen, forms of identification and a camera should be taken with. Insect Repellent is also advised.

    Do I Need Vaccinations To Visit Blantyre?

    You currently do not need any vaccinations when travelling to Blantyre. You should make sure by asking your Travel Agent a few months prior to your visit.

    Transport & How To Get Around Blantyre?

    Chileka International Airport is located roughly 15 kilometers from the city centre of Blantyre. There are regular flights to Lilongwe, South Africa and other African Countries. The roads in Blantyre have become increasingly busier, and it is best to arrange your own transport through your travel/tour/booking agent, or to hire your own car. There are taxis and bus services available.

    Attractions And Places To Visit In Blantyre

    Blantyre get’s its name from the birthplace of Dr. David Livingstone, which was Blantyre in Scotland. It is Malawi’s second largest City, after the Capital of Lilongwe, and is the main commercial City in the Country.

    Where To Go When Visiting Blantyre?

    Mandala House

    This is where the La Caverna Art Gallery is situated, and is also home to the Mandala Café (A great place to eat). It is at the top of a hill and is one of the most beautiful and oldest buildings in the City. There is a museum here and the art gallery has some amazing artworks such as paintings, pictures and carvings.

    St Michael & All Angels Church

    This was one of the first permanent churches located in the Zambezi area, and the Scottish Missionaries designed and built the church. David Scott was the person in charge of the building, and he had absolutely no experience in architecture or building. This interesting place is a must visit on your travels to Blantyre.

    Wherever you end up in Malawi, there is one thing that is for certain. You have to visit Lake Malawi. This is one of the most beautiful places in the World. The natural setting and seeming less crystal clear waters are amazing. There are hundreds of small colourful fish called cichlids that can be seen all around the shores of the Lake.

    How Old Is Blantyre?

    Blantyre is Malawi’s oldest Municipal City, and was originally discovered in 1876 and formerly founded in 1895.

    Where Can I Go To Eat In Blantyre?

    If you are hungry, Blantyre can satisfy that hunger! Regardless of what you are in the mood for, Blantyre has it. Everything from local cuisine to steaks and pizza can be ordered at the restaurants in the City.

    The top 5 restaurants in Blantyre are:

    Atmosphere Grill & Lounge

    • 21 Grill on Hannover
    • Veg Delight
    • Café Grazia
    • Café Mandala

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