27 days in Malawi Itinerary

27 days in Malawi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malawi tour planner

Make it your trip
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Lilongwe
— 4 nights
Fly
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Likoma Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Salima
— 5 nights
Fly
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Zomba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blantyre
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mulanje
— 5 nights
Drive to Chileka International Airport, Fly to Mbeya

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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.
Take a break from Lilongwe with a short trip to Chongoni Rock-Art Area in Dedza, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, browse the different shops at Old Town Mall, take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, and look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lilongwe online trip itinerary builder.

Gaborone, Botswana to Lilongwe is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Likoma Island

— 4 nights
Located on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi, Likoma Island holds plenty of allure with giant baobabs and sweeping views of the wild coast.
Likoma Island is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Likoma Island trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Lilongwe to Likoma Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off to Salima.

Things to do in Likoma Island

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Salima

— 5 nights
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Salima: Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art (in Mtakataka) and Thumbi View Lodge Activities (in Cape Maclear). Spend the 4th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Kuti Wildlife Reserve.

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

Traveling by flight from Likoma Island to Salima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. July in Salima sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. You'll set off for Zomba on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Salima

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Zomba

— 3 nights
Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zomba: Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop (in Balaka), Lake Chilwa (in Kachulu) and Shire Eco Safari Camp (in Liwonde National Park). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Zomba Plateau and appreciate the history behind King African Rifles Monument.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zomba journey maker app.

You can fly from Salima to Zomba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Salima in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Zomba, with lows of 17°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Blantyre.

Things to do in Zomba

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Blantyre

— 5 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.
Step out of Blantyre with an excursion to Majete Wildlife Reserve in Chikwawa--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: hike along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, get advice or help at The Society of Malawi Library, view the masterpieces at La Caverna Art Gallery, and soothe aching muscles at Serendib Hair Day Spa.

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

Traveling by car from Zomba to Blantyre takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll set off for Mulanje on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Blantyre

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Mulanje

— 5 nights
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. On the 16th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Mulanje.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mulanje online visit planner.

You can drive from Blantyre to Mulanje in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mulanje can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 20th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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.