Fuel Problems in Malawi
Info from an on-the-ground operator, The Responsible Safari Company
We wanted to update you all on the situation regarding fuel in Malawi. Yes, there are currently fuel shortages in Malawi. Though there are very few ways around it, here is a check-list of things to do before you book and travel in Malawi.
1. Public Transport: If you are planning to travel by public transport, be prepared for long delays and some services not running.
2. Car Hire: Book car hire through a recognised travel or car hire company. Ask them how much fuel they are going to provide you with. Preferably try and guarantee some jerry cans or a place where you can source a fuel stash (through your hire company). You don't want to find yourself stranded in the middle of rural Malawi!
3. Fully Inclusive Packages: It is times like this that you want to make sure you have a company that will offer you 24-hour, on-the-ground support. It is advisable to book your car hire and hotel in Malawi with the same company; this way, they will usually help you to source fuel, meet you with back-up fuel, and keep you honestly informed of the situation.
If you have booked your car hire and Malawi hotel through Explore Malawi or/and The Responsible Safari Company, we will try our very best to help you source fuel, provide jerry cans and be here at the end of email/skype and phone to offer the latest updates.
Let us know if you have any questions!
Best wishes from beautiful Malawi.
Kate, Dom, Andrew and Chimwemwe.