22 days in Zambia & Malawi Itinerary

22 days in Zambia & Malawi Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Lusaka, Zambia
— 6 nights
Bus:  9 h 30 min
2
Senanga, Zambia
— 1 day
Drive:  13 h 45 min
3
Chingola, Zambia
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
4
Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
5
Mtakataka, Malawi
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Likoma Island, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  13 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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6
nights
Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka ©
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka and Chilenje House. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Lilayi Elephant Nursery and Kapishya Hot Springs. Spend the 25th (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Lower Zambezi National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalimba Reptile Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Arcades Shopping Mall, view the masterpieces at 37D Gallery, and explore the striking landscape of Lusaka National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lusaka itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lusaka is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Lusaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Senanga.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kapishya Hot Springs
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Chaminuka Game Reserve ©
Chaminuka Game Reserve
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka ©
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka
37D Gallery ©
37D Gallery

1
day
Senanga, Zambia

Senanga ©
Senanga is a town in the Western Province of Zambia, on the eastern bank of the Zambezi River, at the southern end of its Barotse Floodplain. On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Zambezi River.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Senanga trip builder app.

Traveling by bus from Lusaka to Senanga takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chingola.

Things to do in Senanga

Parks Nature
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Zambezi River ©
Zambezi River

1
day
Chingola, Zambia

Chingola ©
Chingola is a city in Zambia's Copperbelt Province, the country's copper-mining region, with a population of 157,340 (2008 census). On the 3rd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chingola trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Senanga to Chingola in 14 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mulanje.

Things to do in Chingola

Parks Wildlife
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Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage ©
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage

1
day
Mulanje, Malawi

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mulanje.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mulanje trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Chingola to Mulanje with the Route module. In October in Mulanje, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mtakataka.

Things to do in Mulanje

Parks Nature
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

1
night
Mtakataka, Malawi

Mtakataka ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mtakataka road trip tool.

Getting from Mulanje to Mtakataka by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mulanje in October, with highs in Mtakataka at 24°C and lows at 19°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Mtakataka

Museums
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Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art ©
Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art

1
night
Likoma Island, Malawi

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.
On the 6th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Ulisa Gardens and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Likoma Island journey builder tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Mtakataka to Likoma Island in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Likoma Island

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

3
nights
Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and Maula Cathedral. There's lots more to do: stroll through Nature Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Kumbali Cultural Village, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, and stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lilongwe trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Likoma Island to Lilongwe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Shopping Nature
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary
Maula Cathedral ©
Maula Cathedral

4
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Livingstone Museum and Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Helicopter Tours and Mukuni Village. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Livingstone Reptile Park, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and see the interesting displays at Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Livingstone trip builder tool.

Getting from Lilongwe to Livingstone by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
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Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Helicopter Tours
Livingstone Museum ©
Livingstone Museum

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