33 days in Malawi, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

33 days in Malawi, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

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33 days in Malawi, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

Start: Entebbe, Uganda
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Blantyre, Malawi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Gaborone, Botswana
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Lusaka, Zambia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Entebbe, Uganda

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lilongwe side-trips: Chongoni Rock-Art Area (in Dedza), Kuti Wildlife Reserve (in Salima) and Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art (in Mtakataka). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka, and browse the fresh offerings at Lizulu Market.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Lilongwe trip planner .

Entebbe, Uganda to Lilongwe is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Entebbe to Lilongwe is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Mulanje.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Chongoni Rock-Art Area, Kuti Wildlife Reserve, Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Chongoni Rock-Art Area ©
Chongoni Rock-Art Area
Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art ©
Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art

1
night
Mulanje, Malawi

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mulanje online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Lilongwe to Mulanje in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daytime highs in Mulanje are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Blantyre.

Things to do in Mulanje

Parks Nature
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

3
nights
Blantyre, Malawi

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.
Explore Blantyre's surroundings by going to Majete Wildlife Reserve (in Chikwawa) and Zomba (King African Rifles Monument & Zomba Plateau). The adventure continues: hike along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, browse the different shops at Chichiri Shopping Centre, explore the galleries of La Caverna Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Tiyamike Sewing.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Blantyre online route planner .

You can drive from Mulanje to Blantyre in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. In July in Blantyre, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Blantyre

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Zomba, Majete Wildlife Reserve
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Zomba Plateau ©
Zomba Plateau
Majete Wildlife Reserve ©
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Tiyamike Sewing ©
Tiyamike Sewing

7
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, theme parks, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Gaborone itinerary planner.

Getting from Blantyre to Gaborone by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Blantyre in July since evenings lows in Gaborone dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers, Khwai Concession
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 13:
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Three Chiefs' Statues ©
Three Chiefs' Statues
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone

3
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Step out of Ngamiland East to go to Moremi Game Reserve and see Moremi Wildlife Reserve, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 14th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring at Okavango River.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East online vacation builder .

You can fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gaborone in July since evenings lows in Ngamiland East dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

2
nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
On the 17th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Kubu Island.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Makgadikgadi Pans National Park journey planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Kubu Island ©
Kubu Island

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, outdoors, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve and walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chobe National Park trip maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

5
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, museums, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Livingstone Reptile Park, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Livingstone attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Livingstone. July in Livingstone sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:
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Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Livingstone Museum ©
Livingstone Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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.
Lusaka is known for parks, shopping, nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Chaminuka Game Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka, look for gifts at Manda Hill, and head outdoors with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lusaka online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Livingstone to Lusaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kapishya Hot Springs
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Chaminuka Game Reserve ©
Chaminuka Game Reserve
The Lilayi Elephant Nursery ©
The Lilayi Elephant Nursery
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka ©
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka

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