21 days in Malawi Itinerary

21 days in Malawi Itinerary

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21 days in Malawi Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
1
Zomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mulanje
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Blantyre
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Nkhata Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Salima
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Likoma Island
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Lilongwe
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Zurich

3
nights
Zomba

Zomba ©
Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. Get outdoors at Zomba Plateau and Lake Chilwa. Step off the beaten path and head to King African Rifles Monument and Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zomba trip builder.

Zurich, Switzerland to Zomba is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Zomba. In October, Zomba is much hotter than Zurich - with highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Mulanje.

Things to do in Zomba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop, Lake Chilwa
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Zomba Plateau ©
Zomba Plateau
Lake Chilwa ©
Lake Chilwa

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nights
Mulanje

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mulanje trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zomba to Mulanje takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Mulanje are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You'll set off for Blantyre on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Mulanje

Parks Nature
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

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Blantyre

Blantyre ©
As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.
Take a break from the city and head to Majete Wildlife Reserve and The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tiyamike Sewing and Malawi Stock Exchange. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at La Caverna Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, browse the different shops at Chichiri Shopping Centre, and get your bearings at The Society of Malawi Library.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Blantyre trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Mulanje to Blantyre takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Nkhata Bay.

Things to do in Blantyre

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Majete Wildlife Reserve
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Majete Wildlife Reserve ©
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Tiyamike Sewing ©
Tiyamike Sewing
La Caverna Art Gallery ©
La Caverna Art Gallery

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nights
Nkhata Bay

Nkhata Bay ©
Nkhata Bay or just Nkhata is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): kick back and relax at Kande Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nkhata Bay road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Blantyre to Nkhata Bay in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Blantyre in October, with highs in Nkhata Bay at 28°C and lows at 19°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel to Salima.

Things to do in Nkhata Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kande Beach ©
Kande Beach

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nights
Salima

Salima ©
Salima may refer to:People Salima Aga Khan (born 1940), ex-wife of Prince Karim Aga Khan Salima Ghezali (born 1958), an Algerian journalist and writer Salima Hamouche (born 1984), an Algerian volleyball player Salima Hashmi, a Pakistani artist and writer Salima Ikram (born 1965), a Pakistani archaeologist Salima Machamba (1874–1964), a sultan of Mohéli Salima Murad (c. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Kuti Wildlife Reserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Salima trip planner.

Getting from Nkhata Bay to Salima by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nkhata Bay in November; daily highs in Salima reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Salima

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art
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Kuti Wildlife Reserve ©
Kuti Wildlife Reserve
Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art ©
Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art

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Likoma Island

Likoma Island ©
Located on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi, Likoma Island holds plenty of allure with giant baobabs and sweeping views of the wild coast.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Ulisa Gardens and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Likoma Island road trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Salima to Likoma Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Likoma Island

Parks Historic Sites
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St. Peter's Cathedral ©
St. Peter's Cathedral

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nights
Lilongwe

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Get outdoors at Nkhoma Mountain and Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gems and Jewellery Lanka and Tindoz d'Afrique. When in Lilongwe, make a side trip to see Chongoni Rock-Art Area in Dedza, approximately Dedza away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nature Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Kumbali Cultural Village, buy something for everyone on your list at Old Town Mall, and browse the fresh offerings at Lizulu Market.

Discover how to plan a Lilongwe trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Likoma Island to Lilongwe in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Chongoni Rock-Art Area
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary
Parliament Building ©
Parliament Building