21 days in Malawi Itinerary

21 days in Malawi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malawi itinerary planner
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Blantyre
— 3 nights
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Mulanje
— 2 nights
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Zomba
— 3 nights
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Salima
— 3 nights
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Likoma Island
— 3 nights
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Lilongwe
— 6 nights
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Blantyre — 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.
Step out of Blantyre to go to Chikwawa and see Majete Wildlife Reserve, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, relax and rejuvenate at Serendib Hair Day Spa, stop by Tiyamike Sewing, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Michael's and All Angels Church.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Blantyre trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Blantyre is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Blantyre is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in May; daily highs in Blantyre reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mulanje.
Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Trails
Side Trip
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Mulanje — 2 nights

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. On the 6th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mulanje travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Blantyre to Mulanje in 1.5 hours. May in Mulanje sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. You'll set off for Zomba on the 7th (Sat).
Parks · Nature
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Zomba — 3 nights

Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zomba: Lake Chilwa (in Kachulu), Shire Eco Safari Camp (in Liwonde National Park) and Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop (in Balaka). The adventure continues: get outside with Zomba Plateau and pause for some photo ops at King African Rifles Monument.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zomba tour planner.

You can drive from Mulanje to Zomba in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Zomba are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Salima.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Side Trips
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Salima — 3 nights

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Salima: Thumbi View Lodge Activities (in Cape Maclear) and Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art (in Mtakataka). Spend the 12th (Thu) in the pleasant surroundings of Kuti Wildlife Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Salima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Zomba to Salima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Salima can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Likoma Island.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Likoma Island — 3 nights

Located on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi, Likoma Island holds plenty of allure with giant baobabs and sweeping views of the wild coast.
Likoma Island is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Likoma Island road trip tool.

Fly from Salima to Likoma Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Lilongwe.
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Lilongwe — 6 nights

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Step out of Lilongwe with an excursion to Chongoni Rock Art Area in Dedza--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, take an exotic tour of See Malawi Travel, buy something for everyone on your list at Old Town Mall, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lilongwe online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Likoma Island to Lilongwe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Tours
Side Trip
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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.