29 days in Mozambique, Malawi & Zambia Itinerary

29 days in Mozambique, Malawi & Zambia Itinerary

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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 5 nights
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
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Blantyre, Malawi
— 3 nights
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
— 1 night
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
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Vilanculos, Mozambique — 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nacional de Bazaruto in Bazaruto Archipelago (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic, relax and rejuvenate at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vilanculos trip itinerary builder app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Vilanculos is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Vilanculos due to the time zone difference. In August in Vilanculos, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tofo.
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Tofo, Mozambique — 3 nights

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Tofo is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, relax and rejuvenate at Massagem Tropical, and stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tofo itinerary planner.

Getting from Vilanculos to Tofo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. August in Tofo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly 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.
Maputo is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, browse the eclectic array of goods at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica, get a new perspective on nature at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Maputo trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Tofo to Maputo in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Maputo can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Mozambique Island.
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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:

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 7th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao and then see the interesting displays at Governor's Palace Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mozambique Island route maker app.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Mozambique Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mulanje.
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Mulanje, Malawi — 1 night

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. On the 9th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mulanje, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Mozambique Island to Mulanje in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Mulanje sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Blantyre.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blantyre: Zomba Plateau (in Zomba) and Majete Wildlife Reserve (in Chikwawa). The adventure continues: hike along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, stop by Tiyamike Sewing, and get advice or help at The Society of Malawi Library.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Blantyre vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mulanje to Blantyre takes 1.5 hours. September in Blantyre sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to South Luangwa National Park.
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at the Bush-Spa.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the South Luangwa National Park trip maker tool.

Fly from Blantyre to South Luangwa National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time 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.
Spend the 14th (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. There's lots more to do: stroll through Lilayi Elephant Nursery, look for gifts at Kabwata Cultural Village, view the masterpieces at 37D Gallery, and buy something for everyone on your list at Eastpark Mall.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lusaka trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from South Luangwa National Park to Lusaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Livingstone.
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Livingstone, Zambia — 6 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and examine the collection at Railway Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Livingstone trip builder site.

You can fly from Lusaka to Livingstone in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Livingstone, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:

Mozambique travel guide

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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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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

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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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