The guide was invaluable during my trip to Malawi last month. However, I would recommend travellers avoid the ‘other’ bus from Lilongwe to Lusaka!… Take the Zambia-Botswana bus if you’re travelling this route and do NOT even consider taking the ‘KOBS Zambia-Malawi’ bus -even if they push you to, as they do- unless you want to spend 4 hours in Chipata waiting whilst they hail customers until the bus fills up. It was a nightmare! The drivers did not care at all at the complaints from most of the passengers for the delay. A ride that would normally take 7-8 hours took 14! from 6am to 8:30pm!