15 days in Malawi Itinerary

15 days in Malawi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malawi sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Lilongwe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Salima
— 1 night
Fly
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Likoma Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Dedza
— 1 night
Drive
5
Liwonde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Zomba
— 1 night
Drive
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Mulanje
— 1 night
Drive
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Blantyre
— 4 nights
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Lilongwe

— 4 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, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, make a trip to Kumbali Cultural Village, take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, and browse the different shops at Old Town Mall.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lilongwe road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lilongwe is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Lilongwe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Salima.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Salima

— 1 night
Salima may refer to:People Salima Aga Khan (born 1940), ex-wife of Prince Karim Aga Khan Salima Ghezali (born 1958), an Algerian journalist and writer Salima Hamouche (born 1984), an Algerian volleyball player Salima Hashmi, a Pakistani artist and writer Salima Ikram (born 1965), a Pakistani archaeologist Salima Machamba (1874–1964), a sultan of Mohéli Salima Murad (c. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuti Wildlife Reserve.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Salima trip app.

Traveling by car from Lilongwe to Salima takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Salima

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Likoma Island

— 1 night
Located on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi, Likoma Island holds plenty of allure with giant baobabs and sweeping views of the wild coast.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Likoma Island trip planner.

Fly from Salima to Likoma Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dedza.

Things to do in Likoma Island

Historic Sites
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Dedza

— 1 night
Dedza is the main township of Dedza District in the Central Region of Malawi.Dedza is located about 85 km south of Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, off the M1 road to Blantyre at a point where a trans-African highway from Johannesburg enters the country.At an altitude of 1590m it is the highest town in Malawi. On the 30th (Thu), make a trip to Chongoni Rock Art Area.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dedza trip planning app.

You can fly from Likoma Island to Dedza in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Liwonde National Park.
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Liwonde National Park

— 1 night
On the 31st (Fri), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Shire Eco Safari Camp.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Liwonde National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dedza to Liwonde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dedza in December, with highs in Liwonde National Park at 32°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Zomba.

Things to do in Liwonde National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Zomba

— 1 night
Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): appreciate the history behind King African Rifles Monument and then get outside with Zomba Plateau.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Zomba day trip planning site.

You can drive from Liwonde National Park to Zomba in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Liwonde National Park in December, Zomba is a bit cooler at night with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mulanje.

Things to do in Zomba

Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Mulanje

— 1 night
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. On the 2nd (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To plan Mulanje vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Zomba to Mulanje in 2 hours. In January in Mulanje, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Blantyre.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Blantyre

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Majete Wildlife Reserve in Chikwawa (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at La Caverna Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, relax and rejuvenate at Serendib Hair Day Spa, and hike along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Blantyre trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Mulanje to Blantyre by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Blantyre sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Blantyre

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.