32 days in Zambia, Mozambique & Malawi Itinerary

32 days in Zambia, Mozambique & Malawi Itinerary

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Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 5 nights
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
— 1 night
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 5 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Mulanje, Malawi
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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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.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, look for all kinds of wild species at The Explorer Club, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Livingstone attractions planner.

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 August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lusaka.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:

Lusaka, Zambia — 5 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 31st (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilayi Elephant Nursery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ignatius church, hunt for treasures at Sunday Crafts Market, and view the masterpieces at Lusaka Collective.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lusaka road trip site.

You can fly from Livingstone to Lusaka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to South Luangwa National Park.
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Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia — 1 night

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read South Luangwa National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You will leave for Maputo on the 5th (Mon).
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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, step off the mainland to explore Inhaca Island, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Maputo vacation planner.

Getting from South Luangwa National Park to Maputo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tofo.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Tofo, Mozambique — 2 nights

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 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Barra Beach and then stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tofo trip website.

You can fly from Maputo to Tofo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Tofo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Vilanculos: Inhassoro Beach (in Inhassoro) and Parque Nacional de Bazaruto (in Bazaruto Archipelago). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic, soothe aching muscles at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vilanculos journey planner.

Getting from Tofo to Vilanculos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Vilanculos can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Mozambique Island.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:

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 17th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao and then examine the collection at Governor's Palace Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mozambique Island trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Vilanculos to Mozambique Island by combination of flight and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Vilanculos, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mozambique Island, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Mulanje.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Mulanje, Malawi — 1 night

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. On the 19th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mulanje route planner.

You can drive from Mozambique Island to Mulanje in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lilongwe.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
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Lilongwe, Malawi — 6 nights

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lilongwe: Chongoni Rock Art Area (in Dedza) and Kuti Wildlife Reserve (in Salima). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, browse the different shops at Old Town Mall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, and soothe aching muscles at Khondi Spa Retreat.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lilongwe trip planner.

You can fly from Mulanje to Lilongwe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:

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

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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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