The 10 Best Things to Do in Blantyre, Malawi

October 5, 2017 Jasper Kershner

Blantyre (UK: /ˈblænˌtaɪə/) is Malawi's centre of finance and commerce, and its second largest city, with an estimated 1,068,681 inhabitants as of 2015. It is sometimes referred to as the commercial and industrial capital of Malawi as opposed to the political capital, Lilongwe. It is the capital of the country's Southern Region as well as the Blantyre District.
Restaurants in Blantyre

Mandala Road, Blantyre, Malawi +265 1 871 932
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

La Caverna Art Gallery

Reviewed By dmittleman - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

This art gallery/souvenir shop has a large variety of offerings. There are the usual trinkets (although better quality) as well as paintings and other interesting items. Well worth a stop.

2. St Michael and All Angels Church

Chileka Road, Blantyre, Malawi
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

St Michael and All Angels Church

Reviewed By Horst S - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Most probably the most important building in Malawi, the missionary church in Blantyre where it all began... Built without a plan, still standing today and very impressive I would suggest a tour of the church an the surrounding missionary complex!

3. The Society of Malawi Library

Old Manager's House | Kaoshiung Road, Mandala, Blantyre, Malawi +265 1 872 617
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

The Society of Malawi Library

The Society of Malawi Library and Archive is housed on the first floor of Mandala House, a National Monument. It boasts a wide collection of books, journals, photographs about Africa in general with a special interest to Malawi. The library focuses on maintaining the history and heritage of Malawi.Below the library is a national art gallery which features artworks of great artists in Malawi.

Reviewed By Karl B - Temecula, California

Mandala House is home to the Society's Library. Here it is possible to go back centuries to the beginning of written history of Malawi. My sister liked it so much that she went back later and spent a full day there, talking with the docents/staff members.

4. The Responsible Safari Company - Private Day Tours

5 Ring Road | Mandala, Blantyre, Malawi
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5 based on 15 reviews

The Responsible Safari Company - Private Day Tours

The Responsible Safari Company is the best choice to get off the beaten track in Malawi. We provide both half day tours around Lilongwe and Blantyre and multi-day tours all around Malawi. RSC is about real travel experiences and authentic adventures in Malawi.

Reviewed By Sweetwood1075 - Williamstown, Massachusetts

We planned our ten days in Malawi through Dom and his team. Our full trip included an onward journey to Zambia, planned through another group, and a return to Malawi before flying home. Dom's advice and arrangements were outstanding—and he generously included informational material on Zambia in addition to the extensive information he provided on Malawi. My husband does a huge amount of background research before our trips, and Dom and his team were patient and forthcoming with regard to the myriad questions that were raised. Our driver, Boniface, was enthusiastic, pleasant, knowledgeable, and patient with our quirky interests—including our drive out to the countryside to purchase a pregnant goat that we then delivered to a small village in Zomba. Virtually everything on this trip went off without a hitch! Thanks, Dom.

5. The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda

Start from St. James Parish Church | Chilomoni High Road, Blantyre 123, Malawi +265 882 67 65 39
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5 based on 16 reviews

The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda

The Way of the Cross is a Pilgrimage Trail available all-year round to Tourists, Pilgrims and anybody who wants to experience an extraordinary vista of natural scenery as well as taking part in a spiritually refreshing journey. The Story of the Way of the Cross begins in old Yugoslavia, Europe and is the world's 2nd KRIZEVAC (Croatian for Cross Mountain). Guided Tours Available in English or Chichewa.

Reviewed By Laura D - Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

The Way of the Cross is a beautiful place, obviously designed and made with love. My friends and I are not Christians but we were touched by the atmosphere. The walk is not too hard and rewards you with beautiful views from beginning to end. The path is easy to follow once you are on it.
To find the road up to the starting point, look out for the bright yellow signs on the road after St James Chilomoni.

6. Nyasa Adventures

Doogles Lodge, Behind Wenela Bus Terminal, Blantyre, Malawi
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5 based on 8 reviews

Nyasa Adventures

Nyasa Adventures are a specialist tour operator that offers Day Trips from Blantyre. We also offer tailor made tours across Malawi.

Reviewed By spagliaro - Johnston, Rhode Island

At the end of June/beginning of July 2017 my husband and I visited our daughter and son-in-law who were living in Blantyre. Also in our party were my son-in-law's parents and sister. Our experiences during the two weeks we spent in Malawi included Safaris in beautiful game parks, adventures on Lake Malawi, hiking and camping in an eco-resort, and visits to historic sites. The accommodations ranged from luxurious to very comfortable and the food was always outstanding - especially the chambo (the fish native to Lake Malawi). Our driver, Ken, attended to our every need and was great company as well. If your are looking for an agency to arrange a vacation that provides an authentic Malawian experience, I highly recommend NYASA Adventures.

7. Al Pacino's Bar

Chileka Road | Magalasi, Blantyre, Malawi +265 881 97 01 78
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4 based on 5 reviews

Al Pacino's Bar

Al Pacinos is a mere 10-15 minute drive from Blantyre CBD,along the chileka Road. Offering self catering apartments, a restaurant and a bar. The deco is centred around the actor Al Pacino based on the movie "Scareface". Club 360 opens on Fridays and Saturdays, and can get busy(recommend parking at neigbouring Police ground). From the menu - the Crocodile dish is an absoulute must have.

Reviewed By Wathando

This is in Nyabadwe a surbab in Blantyre. It's about 10min drive from Blantyre CBD. It's mostly patronized by callad people. It's a typical sports bar with assorted drinks.Thank you for taking the time to review Als. We appreciate the feedback from our guests. We hope to see you again

8. Serendib Hair Day Spa

Off Chilomoni Ring Road, Blantyre, Malawi +265 212 400 402
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4 based on 4 reviews

Serendib Hair Day Spa

We offer exceptional spa services and the trained hands of our experts pamper your body, soothe your mind and re-energize your soul. Our spa offers massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing.

Reviewed By Muggy_44 - Manchester, United Kingdom

I have visited several times as it's one of the most professional salons with modern, clean decor of a standard you would expect in any country. I can recommend massage, as long as you don't mind a male, manicure and pedicure. Previous person mentioned high prices but they are comparable to salons of a similar (or lower) standard so I think it is good value. To improve it they should play music (as they did during the massage) to create a more relaxed atmosphere as every time I have been I have been the only customer and so it would help to create some background noise!

9. Belle Afrique

2 Hannover Aven | Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls, Blantyre, Malawi +265 111 60 38 45

Massage treatment , manicure pedicure a d facial treatment

10. Afroventures Overland Touring

628DC Kaoshuing Rd | Top Mandala, Blantyre, Malawi
Afroventures Overland Touring

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