Other: Martins Enduristan tankbag strap got stolen….really weird as its not very useful but a bit bad for us. We found a solution with an old rock strap and will get a replacement in Kenya.
Xenia’s laptop screen stopped working. We will get a replacement in Kenya brought in by our friend Josh who flies in from Australia
Visa: As Swiss passport holders we got the visa at the border. After we left the costs for visas went down again but when we were there it was 75 USD per person which is pretty steep.
Carnet de Passage: As we travel with the CdP we used it but you can also get a temporary import permit (TIP) at the border. Apparently we should have payed road tax but no one wanted to see a paper so we did not pay.
Insurance: COMESA insurance which we already got for all the countries in Zambia (cost us 80 USD per bike for one year and 9 countries)
Malawi is a poor country but the people are sooooo friendly and helpful. We never had any issues and its a wonderful country to travel.
Here some very country specific information:
Its easy to get a SIM card and data
It is a bit difficult to get money sometimes so bring enough USD in case you need to change. Its not really possible in most places to pay with credit card.
If you go and swim in lake Malawi, it is advisable that you either check with a doctor if you got Bilharziose or just take the tablets (that’s what we did).