25 days in Malawi & Zambia Itinerary

25 days in Malawi & Zambia Itinerary

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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 4 nights
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Zomba, Malawi
— 3 nights
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Blantyre, Malawi
— 3 nights
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 2 nights
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
— 3 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 9 nights
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Lilongwe, Malawi — 4 nights

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kuti Wildlife Reserve and Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Visiting See Malawi Travel and Nkhoma Mountain will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Sanctuary, look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka, soothe aching muscles at Khondi Spa Retreat, and buy something for everyone on your list at Old Town Mall.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lilongwe day trip planning app.

Berlin, Germany to Lilongwe is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Berlin to Lilongwe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Zomba.
Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Tours
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Zomba, Malawi — 3 nights

Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. Escape the urban bustle at Shire Eco Safari Camp and Lake Chilwa. Step off the beaten path and head to Zomba Plateau and King African Rifles Monument. Change things up with a short trip to Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop in Balaka (about 1h 20 min away).

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zomba trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lilongwe to Zomba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daily temperatures in Zomba can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Blantyre.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Majete Wildlife Reserve and The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at Serendib Hair Day Spa, view the masterpieces at La Caverna Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, and stop by Tiyamike Sewing.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Blantyre day trip planner.

Getting from Zomba to Blantyre by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mulanje.
Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Spas
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Mulanje, Malawi — 2 nights

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mulanje online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Blantyre to Mulanje in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to South Luangwa National Park.
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia — 3 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to South Luangwa National Park and the Bush-Spa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read South Luangwa National Park attractions site.

You can fly from Mulanje to South Luangwa National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Livingstone.
Parks · Nature · Spas
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Livingstone, Zambia — 9 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Visiting Victoria Falls and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery. The adventure continues: head outdoors with The Explorer Club, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum.

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Traveling by flight from South Luangwa National Park to Livingstone takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Livingstone sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Malawi travel guide

4.1
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.

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.