34 days in Tanzania, Zambia & Malawi Itinerary

34 days in Tanzania, Zambia & Malawi Itinerary

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Nungwi, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Drive to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, Fly to Kasama
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Kasama, Zambia
— 3 nights
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Mbeya, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
— 1 night
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 2 nights
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
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Cape Maclear, Malawi
— 2 nights
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Liwonde National Park, Malawi
— 2 nights
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Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Nungwi, Tanzania — 4 nights

Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Kendwa Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach, look for gifts at Bahati Beach Boutique, get to know the resident critters at Zanzibar Kilosas Conservation, and stroll through Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nungwi trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nungwi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Nungwi: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kasama.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Kasama, Zambia — 3 nights

Kasama is the capital of the Northern Province of Zambia, situated on the central-southern African plateau at an elevation of about 1400 m. On the 20th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasama Cathedral and then take in the dramatic scenery at Chishimba Falls.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kasama trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nungwi to Kasama. The time zone changes from East Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Dar es Salaam.
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — 2 nights

Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at PSPF Commercial Twin Towers, then pause for some photo ops at Askari Monument, then step off the mainland to explore Bongoyo Island, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Makonde Mosque. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Mbudya Island, then view the masterpieces at Art Garage, then view the masterpieces at Chuma Art Workshop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Darkhana Jamat Khana.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dar es Salaam trip itinerary app.

Getting from Kasama to Dar es Salaam by car takes about 19 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kasama to Dar es Salaam is 1 hour. In July in Dar es Salaam, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Mbeya.
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Mbeya, Tanzania — 3 nights

Mbeya is a city located in southwest Tanzania, Africa. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Ngozi Crater Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): snap pictures at Daraja la Mungu and then make a trip to Mbozi Meteorite.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mbeya trip maker.

You can fly from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dar es Salaam in July, expect nights in Mbeya to be cooler, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to South Luangwa National Park.
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stop by Mulberry Mongoose and then indulge in some personalized pampering at the Bush-Spa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our South Luangwa National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Mbeya to South Luangwa National Park in 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from East Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Lusaka.
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Lusaka, Zambia — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Lusaka Collective, then take in the exciting artwork at 37D Gallery, then stroll through Lilayi Elephant Nursery, and finally stop by Kabwata Cultural Village. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Eastpark Mall, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Crafts Market, and then stroll through Kalimba Reptile Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lusaka trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from South Luangwa National Park to Lusaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lilongwe.
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Lilongwe, Malawi — 3 nights

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Lilongwe is known for parks, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, soothe aching muscles at Khondi Spa Retreat, stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, and look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lilongwe online day trip planner.

Fly from Lusaka to Lilongwe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cape Maclear.
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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. When in Cape Maclear, make a side trip to see Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art in Mtakataka, approximately Mtakataka away. It doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with Thumbi View Lodge Activities.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Maclear vacation maker app.

Getting from Lilongwe to Cape Maclear by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 22°C. You will leave for Liwonde National Park on the 5th (Sat).
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Liwonde National Park, Malawi — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Shire Eco Safari Camp.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Liwonde National Park driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Cape Maclear to Liwonde National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from Cape Maclear in August, plan for little chillier nights in Liwonde National Park, with lows around 19°C. On the 7th (Mon), you're off to Selous Game Reserve.
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Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Selous Game Reserve.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Selous Game Reserve travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Liwonde National Park to Selous Game Reserve with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Liwonde National Park to Selous Game Reserve due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dar es Salaam.
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — 3 nights

You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Village Museum and The Tanzanite Dream. See some other sides of Dar es Salaam: browse the different shops at The Slipway Shopping Centre, laugh and play at Kunduchi Wet "N" Wild Water Park, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and wander the streets of Mwenge Woodcarvers Market.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dar es Salaam trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Selous Game Reserve to Dar es Salaam takes 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Zanzibar City.
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 4 nights

Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Kids will enjoy The Safari Blue and Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve. Step out of Zanzibar City with an excursion to Space Station Zanzibar in Tunguu--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Freddie Mercury Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Geologic Formations · Beaches
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.
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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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Mbeya Region travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Beaches · Mountains

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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