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What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections?
Home is in the midwestern U.S. Usually we fly from Lilongwe to Joburg to Atlanta to the midwest. - Jul 21, 2017
Florida is "home" and it takes approx 22 hours flight time and an overnight in Joburg. The 3 most common routes as of now from the U.S. are Atlanta to Johannesburg on Delta and then Joburg to Lilongwe (Malawian Airlines), sometimes with a stop in Blantyre; Dulles to Addis Abba to Lilongwe (Ethiopian); and JFK to Joburg to Lilongwe (United/South African). The Atlanta to Joburg flight is the 2nd longest flight at 16hr 45min!
Flying almost anywhere from here is expensive (~US$500). In addition to Joburg and Addis, you can also get to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.
The airport in LLW is easy and about a 20 min drive from most housing. - Oct 16, 2016
Home base is New York. We typically fly through JNB, so a 2.5 hour flight from Lilongwe to JNB and then 16 hours direct to New York. It's also easy to go through Nairobi and Europe or Addis and Europe, so there are options! But it's a long multi-step trip. - Aug 2, 2015
Long travel times back to the U.S. via Johannesburg, Nairobi, or Addis Ababa are to be expected. We prefer the Johannesburg to Atlanta flight as it is overnight each way which makes it slightly more manageable with children. - Sep 17, 2013
You can go VIA Europe, or on a long direct flight from SA to Atlanta. Wherever you're headed in the States, it's always about two days' travel time. - Sep 26, 2012