Malawi Budget

Total Amount Spent in Malawi: 87,760 Kwacha ($629)

Exchange Rate: $1 = 140 Kwacha

Number of Days Spent in Malawi: 11 (May 13-23, 2009)

Average Per Day Spending: 7,978.18 Kwacha ($57.18)

BREAKDOWN BY CATEGORY

  • Transportation: 20,180 Kwacha
  • Accommodations: 31,980 Kwacha
  • Food: 27,376 Kwacha
  • Activities: 100 Kwacha
  • Communication: 2,824 Kwacha
  • Shopping: 4,500 Kwacha
  • Laundry: 800 Kwacha

FURTHER EXPLANATIONS

  • Malawi was a great bargain! It’s an even better bargain, however, if you bring USD and change them at a ForEx. From the ATM, you get a rate of $1 = 140 Kwacha, at the ForEx, it’s $1 = 178 Kwacha.

SAMPLE PRICES

  • First-class tickets on the Ilala ferry from Nkhata Bay to Likoma Island: 2,820 Kwacha each
  • Cabana for two at Mango Drift on Likoma Island: 2100 Kwacha
  • Papaya Milkshake: 150 Kwacha
  • Handmade Beaded Pillow Cover by Women’s Co-Op on Likoma: 2100 Kwacha
  • Ride between Mozambique & Malawi Immigration Posts (It’s a long way! Not walking distance, trust us we tried): 140 Kwacha each
  • Overnight bus from Blantyre to Mzuzu: 2000 Kwacha each

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