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profile member asked on Feb 1, 2016

Road conditions and police checks ..

We will be travelling thru Malawi on route to Tanzania and are receiving mixed messages on the road conditions and police checks demanding bribes ... If anyone has recently done this route - any information would be greatly appreciated ..


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answered on 2/1/16 by
a VT member from Bedfordshire

I travelled by self-drive hire car from Lilongwe to Zomba back in October 2014. On the way down I was stopped twice by radar speed traps that had been set up at the end of the village speed restricted zones. These zones are very long and are not always clearly marked as to where they start and end. Anyway, on the first occasion I was just given a warning and advised to take heed of the speed limit, on the second occasion I was made to pay the statutory speeding fine - it was about £8 I recall. I made sure I was given an official receipt for the on-the-spot fine but then went on my way. There was never any hint that I could pay less if I didn't ask for a receipt. It was fair, I had been speeding even though it wasn't at all clear what the actual speed limit should have been.
I think of more concern was the driving after dark. The main road had many people walking alongside and very many cyclists, most without lights. It was fraught with challenges and I did not enjoy the drive once the sun had gone down.
Malawi is however a brilliant country to visit. I loved it and aim to return soon.
Hope you enjoy your visit.

answered on 2/2/16 by
a VT member

Thank you so much !

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