22 days in Zambia & Malawi Itinerary

22 days in Zambia & Malawi Itinerary

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Lusaka, Zambia
— 6 nights
Bus
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Senanga, Zambia
— 1 day
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to Chingola
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Chingola, Zambia
— 1 day
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Drive to Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport, Fly to Chileka International Airport, Drive to Mulanje
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 day
Drive
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Mtakataka, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive to Lilongwe, Fly to Likoma Island
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Likoma Island, Malawi
— 1 night
Fly
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Lusaka, Zambia

— 6 nights
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 Zambia National Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kapishya Hot Springs and 37D Gallery. 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: head outdoors with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, explore the striking landscape of Lusaka National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalimba Reptile Park, and contemplate the long history of Chilenje House.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lusaka day trip website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lusaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Lusaka due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Senanga.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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Senanga, Zambia

— 1 day
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.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Senanga trip builder app.

Traveling by bus from Lusaka to Senanga takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or 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 travel to Chingola.

Things to do in Senanga

Nature · Parks
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Chingola, Zambia

— 1 day
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 reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chingola trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Senanga to Chingola in 11.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mulanje.

Things to do in Chingola

Wildlife · Parks
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Mulanje, Malawi

— 1 day
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 where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, 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

Nature · Parks
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Mtakataka, Malawi

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

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, 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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Likoma Island, Malawi

— 1 night
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 the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Likoma Island road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Mtakataka to Likoma Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Likoma Island

Historic Sites
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Lilongwe, Malawi

— 3 nights
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 Nature Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, don't miss a visit to Kumbali Cultural Village, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Building, and stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lilongwe trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Likoma Island to Lilongwe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to fly to Livingstone.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Wildlife
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Livingstone, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone Museum and Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Helicopter Tours. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, shop like a local with The National Art Gallery, Livingstone, and take in the exciting artwork at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Livingstone travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lilongwe to Livingstone takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In October in Livingstone, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.

Malawi travel guide

4.2
Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.