18 days in Malawi & Zambia Itinerary

18 days in Malawi & Zambia Itinerary

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Blantyre, Malawi
— 3 nights
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 2 nights
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Liwonde National Park, Malawi
— 1 night
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 2 nights
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
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Blantyre, Malawi — 3 nights

As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.
Visiting Majete Wildlife Reserve and The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Blantyre: Zomba (King African Rifles Monument & Zomba Plateau). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Tiyamike Sewing, get advice or help at The Society of Malawi Library, pause for some serene contemplation at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, and don't miss a visit to Malawi Stock Exchange.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Blantyre trip builder tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Blantyre is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Blantyre, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, expect Blantyre to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mulanje.
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Mulanje, Malawi — 2 nights

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mulanje travel route builder.

You can drive from Blantyre to Mulanje in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 13th (Sat), you're off to Liwonde National Park.
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Liwonde National Park, Malawi — 1 night

On the 14th (Sun), get outside with Shire Eco Safari Camp.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Liwonde National Park tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Mulanje to Liwonde National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from Mulanje, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Liwonde National Park, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Lilongwe.
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Lilongwe, Malawi — 2 nights

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maula Cathedral. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Old Town Mall, stroll through Nature Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, and finally make a trip to World War I Memorial.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lilongwe online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Liwonde National Park to Lilongwe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lusaka.
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Lusaka, Zambia — 4 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.
Visiting Chaminuka Game Reserve and Lilayi Elephant Nursery will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Munda Wanga Environmental Park in Chilanga (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Kalimba Reptile Park, get a taste of the local shopping with 37D Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Lusaka Collective, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Crafts Market.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lusaka sightseeing app.

Traveling by flight from Lilongwe to Lusaka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Livingstone.
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Livingstone, Zambia — 5 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Escape the urban bustle at Victoria Falls and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Explorer Club, take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mukuni Park Curio Market.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Livingstone trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Lusaka to Livingstone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Livingstone sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Malawi travel guide

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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.
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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.
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