Travel Adventures

Malawi Monday #5–Critters, crawlers, etc

We are currently living in Lilongwe, Malawi. This is part of a series in which I share our experience about life here. If there is anything that you would like to know about Malawi, please feel free to post your question in the comments. We would love to do the research on your behalf. Please keep it family friendly.

We’ve seen a diverse collection of insects here, called ‘injerele’ in Chichewa.


A blue headed dragon (‘buluzi in Chichewa) living in our garden. This is one of about 5 that we’ve counted.

Bugs and beetles, ants and termites (‘nkiswe’ in Chichewa), spiders, slugs and snails.


This is the first time that we encounter glow worms or maybe even fireflies outside of a book!


At night it looks like little light dots all over the garden.

Other than flies and mosquitoes, other common critters that just look the same everywhere are bees and butterflies.


Snails and slugs are huge here! They are also a severe pest. We’ve noticed 2 distinct colours in these creatures namely a blackish colour and a greenish colour. Their shells are so soft! The boys would play with a perfectly mobile and living snail and suddenly it would start shrivelling up into a heap of foam.


After closer inspection we usually find a chip in its shell or a small crack. In my minds eye I would think big is bold, thick and strong! Not these guys!

Another favourite in our house is the milipede! In Chichewa it’s called ‘bongololo’. They are huge!


They very much look the same as the ones we knew in South Africa, now they are close to small snake length and almost my thumb’s thickness!

According to, Wayson, our day-guard, these critters love the mushrooms, the ones that is not good for human consumption.

That’s it for now. I’ll try to post a snippet every Monday for a while about this new adventure we’ve embarked on. Once more, if there is anything you would like to know about Malawi and life here, please feel free to ask your question in the comments below. We would love to do the research on your behalf as long as it’s family friendly!

Thanks for visiting until next time!

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