The Makokola Retreat

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Travel tips

Visa
Currently most visitors to Malawi are required to pay for an entry visa. Please check with you travel agent or local Malawian Consulate/ Embassy for details. Make sure you have enough cash with you to pay at the airport or borders.

Insurance
For your peace of mind, we recommend that all guests take up travel and medical insurance before leaving home.

Money & Credit Cards
The US dollar tends to be the most widely accepted foreign currency in Malawi (although old “small headed” $5 - $100 notes are not readily accepted). It is advisable to bring a range of US dollar denominations for your trip, as often there is no change available for departure taxes, taxi journeys, shopping, etc. Rand, Pounds Sterling and Euro are also accepted, but not as readily as US dollars.

We also accept Visa, MasterCard and Diners Card, however, an additional 6.5% is charged to all bills settled by credit cards to cover bank charges.

Medical
Malawi is a malarial area and prophylactics are advised. Contact your General Practitioner in advance for a prescription, as most treatments should start before travelling. Guests should also make sure that they take sufficient stocks of any prescriptions or any counter drugs they may require, as they may not be readily available in our part of the world.

How to dress at the Lake
Malawi is a warm and sunny country throughout the year. During daytime light clothes such as T-shirts and shorts is the right choice. For most of the year, a light jacket for the evenings is sufficient, however, we advise you to take a warm jumper or a fleece jacket for the cooler and windier evenings during the months of June, July and August. Our dress code at the Resort is informal by day and smart casual at night.

Other Items for your trip
It is important not to forget essential items such as a hat, sunglasses, sun block lotion/creams and insect repellent to be able to have a comfortable and relaxed stay. Make sure you have enough memory for your camera and that you take the correct battery charger for your camcorder.

Time zone
GMT +2 hours

Languages Spoken
Although there are 4 languages and dialects spoken in Malawi, Chichewa is the national language and English is the official language and widely spoken.

Electrical System
Local voltage is 220 to 240 volts AC and British ‘square bayonet” pin plug type are used. We recommend traveling with your own adaptors.