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Guide to Malawi (Bradt Guides) Paperback – June, 1996
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"Philip Briggs presents the eminently visitable Malawi in a way that avoids the patronising and disdainful tone of so many other guides dealing with developing countries. His affection and respect for Malawi and Malawians shines through the most mundane advise. . . . Reflects an approach to travel which delights simply in being in a place, rather than crossing off the sights." --Mail and Guardian, South Africa
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Inside you will find: information on transport, visas, and accommodations; health and safety in detail; exploring on and around Lake Malawi; full coverage of national parks and forest reserves; communicating in Chichewa; 33 updated maps and town plans.
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If you're going to Malawi you should definitely get these guides but make sure you purchase the newest version to get the most accurate info you can get. This is already outdated.
While the info can be outdated, phone numbers incorrect, business hours incorrect, etc. The maps and suggestions are invaluable. I'd suggest getting ideas from this and then doing research in the area to make sure the hours or phone numbers are right. In other words, don't completely trust the business hours, phone numbers, or addresses but definitely trust this as a source of suggestions for attractions as well as travel tips. The businesses there change so often that you can't blame a book for inaccurate addresses, hours and numbers. While we were there in the course of a month two businesses moved locations, four changed hours, and many had canceled their phones or changed their numbers.
Lastly, if you're looking at this page, you're probably planning a trip to Malawi. It's a welcoming, gorgeous, transformative place. Eat all the avocados and mandazi balls you can find!!
We also loved the sections on history, culture, and wildlife. These are a real plus in this book. Our trip was somewhat off the beaten path and we learned an enormous amount about what we were seeing and doing from this book. I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about a trip to Malawi.
One additional feature is the online updates available at the Bradt website. We found these equally helpful and good companion material for the book.
Few tourists visit more places than some beach resorts along the shores of its huge lake.
Considering the above, the wealth of info on potential destinations included in this book is stunning.
Not only is pretty much every sizeable town described, so are plenty of rural areas, notably obscure forest reserves, marshes and small lakes.
The info on the country's wildlife and national parks is truly in-depth and very interesting. So is the background information on culture and history. Very good list of bokks recommended for further reading at the back.
Also, all the practical details (with prices) on accommodation and transport options you might find in better-known series like Lonely Planet (which no longer publishes a separate Malawi guide).
In fact, the only disadvantage of this book might just be that with all the recommendations, it might make you spend much longer in Malawi than you had originally planned! ;-)
We loved beautiful Malawi, its mountains, and of course the lake.
Take this guide when travelling to Malawi!