Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute, fever-causing viral disease that usually affects domesticated animals (such as cattle and sheep), but can also infect and cause illness in humans. The majority of human infections are caused by direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.
Travel Vaccinations for Malawi
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Malawi
A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.
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Destination Information for Malawi
The geographically diverse country of Malawi is a great place to visit to sample something of everything Africa has to offer. From safari holidays and lion-spotting to white sandy beaches or thrilling water sports, this friendly and varied country makes an excellent tourist destination. The people of Malawi are welcoming and enthusiastic about visitors, and you’ll find yourself charmed by their vibrant and colorful personalities. Wherever you stay, you will meet the locals; you may even choose to stay overnight in a village to sample the culture, tradition and daily life first-hand.
Head to Blantyre, the thriving capital city to the south. Here there is a good range of hotels and restaurants, along with a lively street market culture. Close by is Zomba, the old colonial capital, with British colonial architecture, along with some amazing Indian food on offer. For beaches and superb swimming, visit Cape Maclear, a fishing village to the south of Lake Malawi and Africa’s third-largest lake; It has crystal clear water and pure sandy beaches, making it a tourist favorite. In the south of Malawi, Mt Mulanje and the Zomba Plateau are perfect for trekking and discovering some incredible wildlife.
There really is something for everyone in Malawi, from mountainous peaks to lush river valleys. The dry season, from May to July is the best time to go for a comfortable visit. After this, in October and November the weather can be very hot, but you’ll find better wildlife viewing available.
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
Additional Health Risks Information for Malawi
Most visits to Malawi are safe and trouble free. If you’re planning a trip here you should take the same level of care over your personal security as you would anywhere else in the world. Be particularly vigilant in crowded areas, areas popular with tourists and public transport hubs. Make use of your hotel safe for important documents and valuables, and avoid carrying these around with you. Avoid walking in quiet or unfamiliar areas, especially after dark. Driving in Malawi can be dangerous as roads and vehicles are often in poor condition, and driving standards are generally low. If you prefer to take a taxi, use a licensed one which your hotel or guide should be able to arrange for you.
During the rainy season, Cholera is a common occurrence. Drink only bottled water and be careful over food hygiene to reduce your risk of becoming ill. HIV/AIDS is extremely high within the general population of Malawi, much more so than elsewhere the world, so be careful to take the usual precautions to avoid exposure.
A Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged over 9 months arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Malaria is present consult a travel clinic for the necessary medication.
Malawi has a national healthcare service which is free to residents, however trained medical practitioners are in short supply. Resources may be limited, and tourists or other visitors to the country will be expected to pay for treatment up front, so ensure that you have travel insurance in place.