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Tobacco Auction Floors

Tobacco plays an integral part of life in Malawi and a visit to the Tobacco Auction Floors in Lilongwe is a great way to see this industry at work. There is a public gallery overlooking the tobacco sales floors at the Auction Holdings warehouse, a structure which is comparable in size to several large aircraft hangars. At the auction floors, visitors can experience the incessant hum of auctioneers selling tobacco to the highest bidder as the group moves slowly along the extensive rows of tobacco bales.

Information & Facts

Address

Plots 29 - 78, Kenango Industrial Area (7km north of the city centre)

Language

English is the official language, but Chichewa is more commonly spoken.

Money

The official currency is the Malawi Kwacha (MWK), which is divided into 100 tambalas. Travellers cheques and foreign currencies are accepted by banks, authorised hotels and other institutions in the main town centres; bureaux de change are also available. The US dollar is the easiest currency to exchange. Credit cards are not widely accepted and ATMs are scarce and should not be relied upon. Exchanging currency on the black market is not recommended.

Opening Times

May to September, Monday to Friday.

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