Travel and accommodation

Launch Schedule

The launch is scheduled for the afternoon of 5th December 2014. All invited guests should be registered and be seated by 1.00 PM.  View our programme and list of speakers here.

For GALVmed-sponsored guests traveling from outside Malawi, your travel has already been arranged by the GALVmed Africa office in Nairobi.

Launch Venue

The launch will take place on the grounds of CTTBD in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Launch Dinner

You are invited to a dinner after the launch which will take place at the Malawi Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel.

Accommodation in Lilongwe

All GALVmed sponsored guests have been booked to stay at the Malawi Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel on bed and breakfast.  Please note that the CTTBD will not cover any expenses towards room service, bar, personal telephone calls or to meet other personal needs. If in doubt, please check with the administrators Ruth Chirombo on +265 99 269 530 (rute75@yahoo.com) and Keziah Kamau (Keziah.kamau@galvmed.org) before incurring the expense.

Hotel Contacts

Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel, Plot No 13/97,Area 13 Lilongwe,Malawi
Email: jkq_mw@afecc.com
P.O.Box30759 New City Center, Lilongwe
Reservation Tel: +265 (0)1776666  Restaurant Tel: +265 (0)1776655
http://www.sogecoagoldenpeacock.com/

Arrivals at Lilongwe International Airport

Upon arrival at the Lilongwe International Airport, you will be met by a CTTBD Staff member and a representative from Malawi Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel for transfer to the same hotel When you exit the luggage area, look for someone bearing a sign ‘CTTBD/GALVmed’.

In case your flight is delayed please let us know in advance so that we make alternative arrangements for your airport transfer.  You can contact Keziah Kamau on the telephone no +254 733 161616.

Airport Transfers

Your airport pickups have been arranged by CTTBD. There will be a 26 seat bus and a small van to pick all the delegates arriving through the airport. You may experience slight delay as the taxi waits for guests arriving within short period of each other.

Visa and Inoculations

For entry and visa requirements to Malawi, please ensure you have a valid passport and Yellow Fever certificate. You will need an International Health Certificate showing that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever in the past 10 years. Some passport holders will have to pay visa charges on arrival in Lilongwe unless if the same is obtained before travel to Malawi. Visa charges range from US$25 upwards depending on the type of passport.

The requirements of obtaining a visa

  • 2 Passport size photos
  • Invitation Letter
  • Valid Passport
  • Letter from Employer

Please ensure you have met all visa requirements prior to your departure to ensure a smooth entry into Malawi.

Currency

Malawi’s unit of currency is the Kwacha (abbreviated to MK internationally; K locally). The kwacha divides into 100 tambala. The official exchange rate for the Malawi Kwacha to the US Dollar fluctuates on an everyday basis but it ranges between MK460 and MK480 to 1US$.  Banks are open from 0800 to 1500 during weekdays. On Saturday, Banks open at 0800 hours and close at 1100. Avoid black market currency traders. There are 24-hour ATMs in Lilongwe but only local currency is dispensed and that is limited to approximately the equivalent (depending on exchange rates) of GB£150, Euro180; US$200 in any period of twenty-four hours.

About Lilongwe

Lilongwe became Malawi’s capital in 1975. It owes its status to Dr Hastings Banda, the country’s first President, who was born just north of the town. The Old Town is distinct and separate from the new Capital City. While the former has all the appearance of a traditional African settlement, the City has much in common with other twentieth century urban developments around the world. Its gleaming modern buildings in their spacious garden-like settings, contrasts with the hustle and bustle of Old Town. Both of these different parts of the town are worth touring. The modern shops of the City are complemented by the exciting street and walled markets of Old Town. Lilongwe’s range of services and facilities is unsurpassed except, possibly, in Blantyre. Of the modern shopping precincts, Old Town Mall is the best, particularly for those looking for quality souvenirs. As well as African Habitat, with its locally crafted ornaments and furnishings, there is one of Central Africana’s galleries: full of fascinating books and modern and historical maps and prints.

The Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary lies between the Old and New towns. Within the Sanctuary is the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre –  Malawi´s only sanctuary for rescued, orphaned and injured wild animals. It is also the world´s first accredited “People & Wildlife” PAW centre, working with the local people with the key objective of promoting nature conservation that will benefit both the people and wildlife of Malawi

The wet season in Lilongwe is from December to March and the average temperatures are in the 20s sometimes reaching into the 30s. From April to September daily temperatures can drop into the teens and nights can be into single numbers during these months.

Things to do in Lilongwe

  • The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre rescues orphaned animals and gives them shelter until they can be rehabilitated wherever possible.
  • There is a wide variety of international cuisine to be enjoyed and any traveller will be spoilt for choice.
  • Visit the Kumbali Cultural Village to see traditional Malawian dancing and drumming, live acoustic music and a traditional Malawian dinner.
  • Explore the second hand clothing market to pick up some cheap deals
  • The Lilongwe Curios kiosks around Old Town and in the New City Centre provide a variety of artifacts, cheap but quality locally made crafted clothes, jewelry and ornaments.
  • Night life is good in Lilongwe. There are a number of clubs, pubs and refreshment joints spread across the city that you can patronize. It is very advisable to always use labelled taxis or the ones sourced from the hotels for your security.

Weather

Malawi’s temperatures are moderated by altitude. In the hottest month (usually November) maximum temperatures will be around 30°C. In the coldest month (probably July) maximum temperatures will be in the low 20’s. Currently it is the rainy season although temperatures remain slightly high.

Health

There is no risk of yellow fever in Malawi. The government of Malawi requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US.

First Aid facilities are available at the hotel and hotel personnel are well trained to administer First Aid before a doctor arrives.

Food & Drink

Excellent fish dishes are widely available in all hotels, restaurants and eateries. You are encouraged to try one of Malawi’s delicacies…..Chambo Fish. Eating places in Lilongwe serve “western” dishes with, perhaps, game and occasionally local foods such as ‘Msima’, a maize meal porridge that is served with different types of relish. Soft drinks are available everywhere. Beers (Carlsberg is the most common), spirits such as Malawi gin and South African wines are reasonably priced and commonly available.

In Malawi, tap water is treated and safe for drinking. However it is highly recommended that you buy bottled water from the restaurant, shops or supermarket around for your consumption.

CTTBD and GALVmed will provide water, snacks and confectioneries to all the delegates during the launch.

Security

Malawi is considered a safe country for visitors and Malawians are rightfully known for their friendliness. However, the usual precautions should be taken as would be advised for visitors anywhere.

CTTBD in collaboration with the Malawi Police have organized police security for all delegates from their arrival at the airport throughout the period until their departure.

As in big cities anywhere in the world, visitors in Lilongwe should be careful with their handbags and other personal belonging. When checking out of a hotel ensure that you keep briefcases, handbags and small luggage with you as these items are extremely attractive. Common rules to guard you from being a victim include:

  • Do not walk at night, even for a short distance- always take a taxi
  • Be wary of people hanging around outside hotels.
  • Keep to the main streets, avoiding short cuts and alleys.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of money on your person.

Communications

The hotel has a free wireless internet for its guests. There is also a business centre within the hotel for any printing or more strenuous office work.

Electricity

The electricity is 220 volts, 50 Hz. Power outlets use the British 3 pin plugs and sockets. Power adaptors can be accessed from the hotel reception if need be. Appliances manufactured for 110 volts may be used with a transformer.

Helpful Contact Information

Name Position Telephone Email
Keziah Kamau Office Manager, GALVmed +254 733 161616. Keziah.kamau@galvmed.org
Leonard  Maseko Zondetsa Strategic Business Manager, CTTBD +265 998 552068 zondetsaleonard@gmail.com
Ruth Cham’mudzi Office Administrator, CTTBD +265999269530 rute75@yahoo.com

We wish you all safe travels and look forward to seeing you in Malawi!

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