Crime rates are fairly low... just the usual petty theft in the usual spots (like public transport), but not too bad.
There is an occasional problem with car-jacking in urban areas, especially 4WDs. Don't resist if you are held up.
Don't hike Mt Mulanje without a guide, for safety and because trails are not marked.
A good friend of mine has just returned from Malawi and she raves about the place, said it was very friendly and safe. I'll get her to post an answer too.
HIV/AIDS rates are high. Malaria and other African diseases are common. almost 7 years ago
I LOVED Malawi, felt perfectly safe there (travelled in February/March this year)...visited a few local villages. A lot of foreigners volunteer there, a lot of Aussies. There's one particular "camp ground" we stayed at on Lake Malawi (i'll find out the name) which hosts a lot of volunteers. There's cabin accommodation and a basic bar, and even a tiny Padi Dive centre. It's within walking distance of the local orphanage/school/hospital so a lot of foreigners stay there while they work in the village....for anywhere up to two years!
HIV is massive and so is unemployment. There aren't enough jobs to go around and even the young men who have a good education have to leave to find work...so there's a lot of people wandering around the streets. But I didn't meet a soul who was unfriendly. Locals set up a makeshift pub for us - a tiny wooden shack with big bits of wood as chairs, a 1970's TV hooked up to some ancient aerial so we could watch the rugby. All for nothing but the price of a Coke. You'll love it. almost 7 years agoAnswered by Rachael via WorldNomads.com
What kind of phone would one need in Malawi to receive international calls? How is the phone service? over 5 years agoAnswered by Jane via WorldNomads.com