22 days in Zambia, Mozambique & Lake Malawi National Park Itinerary

22 days in Zambia, Mozambique & Lake Malawi National Park Itinerary

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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Victoria Falls, Zambia
— 1 night
Fly
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
— 2 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 4 nights
Fly to Nampula, Drive to Mozambique Island
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Maclear, Malawi
— 2 nights
Drive to Lilongwe International Airport, Fly to Amsterdam

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Livingstone Museum and Railway Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mukuni Park Curio Market, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Livingstone trip maker tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Livingstone is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Livingstone due to the time zone difference. In July in Livingstone, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Victoria Falls.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
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Victoria Falls, Zambia — 1 night

Victoria Falls is a town in the province of Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. On the 29th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village and then get a dose of the wild on The Explorer Club.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls sightseeing planner.

Victoria Falls is just a stone's throw from Livingstone. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Livingstone in July since evenings lows in Victoria Falls dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to South Luangwa National Park.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at the Bush-Spa.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read South Luangwa National Park trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to South Luangwa National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. On the 31st (Mon), you'll travel to Maputo.
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Maputo, Mozambique — 5 nights

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Macaneta Beach and Praia da Costa do Sol. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Paroquia Santo Antonio and Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Inhaca Island, hunt for treasures at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Tours Maputo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Maputo trip itinerary site.

Getting from South Luangwa National Park to Maputo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Maputo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tofo.
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Tofo, Mozambique — 1 night

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Tofo, and then relax and rejuvenate at Massagem Tropical.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tofo route maker tool.

You can fly from Maputo to Tofo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Tofo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Vilanculos.
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Vilanculos, Mozambique — 4 nights

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Attractions like Parque Nacional de Bazaruto and Inhassoro Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, soothe aching muscles at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, get interesting insight from Tours, and get a taste of the local shopping with Machilla Magic.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Vilanculos trip maker tool.

Getting from Tofo to Vilanculos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Vilanculos are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Mozambique Island.
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique — 2 nights

Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
On the 11th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Sebastiao Peninsula, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao, and then admire the masterpieces at Governor's Palace Museum.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mozambique Island road trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Vilanculos to Mozambique Island in 9 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vilanculos in August: highs in Mozambique Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel to Cape Maclear.
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Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Cape Maclear, Malawi — 2 nights

Cape Maclear or Chembe is a town in the Mangochi District of Malawi's Southern Region. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Thumbi View Lodge Activities.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Maclear holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Mozambique Island to Cape Maclear takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mozambique Island in August, expect nights in Cape Maclear to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Zambia travel guide

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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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Mozambique travel guide

4.1
Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Flea Markets
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.
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Lake Malawi National Park travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling