MzuzuMalawi. For most it's just a stop for cash and internet en route to or from Nkhata Bay or further south, and the Tanzania border.
If coming from Mbeya, Tanzania be careful of well established scam artists selling fake bus tickets. One of the scam artists even has an office in the main transit area in Mbeya. He also has professional looking lists of prices, services, etc. He may even use a cell phone to check availability of seats for you. As of September 2008 there were no buses running from Mbeya to Mzuzu or any other town on the Malawi border.
Instead, to get to Mzuzu from Mbeya, take a minibus to the border town of Kyela, Tanzania. Then walk 5 to 10 minutes across the border to the Malawi side. After the border, it's necessary to get to the transit center of a small town called Karonga. There may be minibuses at the border, but they are infrequent. A taxi can be hired for about $15USD. Once in Karonga there will be buses and minibuses headed to Mzuzu which take 3 hours. AXA city buses go to Lilongwe. Travel time 5 hours. The journey by car from Lilongwe is 5 hours.
Swiftair which operated scheduled flights from Lilongwe to Mzuzu and Karonga ceased trading in 2012.
Museumaddress: M Mbelwa road
Shoprite Supermarketaddress: M 1 Road to Chikangawa.Big South African-owned supermarket, the best one in Mzuzu.
Standard BankHas an master card / visa card ATM.
National Bank of MalawiHas an master card / visa card ATM.
Peoples Supermarket.address: Orton Chewa Avenue
Obrigado Leisure Park - centrally placed with hideous red and yellow advertising for Celtel. Inside the fence you will find a beautiful garden with tables interspersed throughout. The food is typical Malawian restaurant fare, including nsima or rice with your choice of meats or relishes. A bit of a beer den at night, it seems.
There is also a pizzeria near the bus station on a side street serving decent thin crust pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven. It is run by an extremely entertaining couple named Paolo and Emanuelle. Next door is Paolo's trading post stocked with some western luxuries such as M&Ms and decent toilet paper.
Macondo Campaddress: ChimaliroItalian food.
Casablancaaddress: EkwendeniLively bar, good atmosphere, popular among locals and expats, cheap drinks, at Ekwendeni, 18 km outside Mzuzu, on road to Rumphi/Karonga
Mzoozoozoophone: +265 8-88864493Camping/dorm/rooms. Nice garden. A taxi will take you there from down town for $2. Has a bar.
phone: +265 998391358address: 5442/2 mapaleHas a dorm/rooms. A good clean place for backpackers to stay. single/double room $20/25
Flame Tree Guest Housephone: +265 1-310056fan double rooms.
Thandeka Rest House.
Chochocho Rest Houseaddress: Mzimba Districtsingle room/double room with own bathroom and breakfast.
phone: +265 1 310 622A 1970's concrete hotel. It is in good order with clean rooms, air conditioning and decent internet.
- Internet is available at many locations. Many people staying in Nkhata Bay head here for a few hours to connect with home.
Postdotnetaddress: boardman Road