9 days in Malawi Itinerary

9 days in Malawi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malawi tour itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly to Lilongwe International Airport, Drive to Mtakataka
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Mtakataka
— 1 day
Drive to Lilongwe, Fly to Likoma Island
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Likoma Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Karonga
— 1 night
Drive
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Lilongwe
— 2 nights
Fly
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Blantyre
— 2 nights
Fly

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Mtakataka

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mtakataka trip builder.

Polokwane, South Africa to Mtakataka is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. When traveling from Polokwane in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mtakataka: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Mtakataka

Museums
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Likoma Island travel route planner.

Getting from Mtakataka to Likoma Island by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Karonga.

Things to do in Likoma Island

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Karonga

— 1 night
Karonga is a township in the Karonga District in Northern Region of Malawi. On the 23rd (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Cultural and Museum Centre of Karonga.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Karonga day trip planning website.

You can drive from Likoma Island to Karonga in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Karonga

Museums

Lilongwe

— 2 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 the city and head to Nkhoma Mountain and Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Town Mall and World War I Memorial. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Maula Cathedral, stroll through Nature Sanctuary, and make a trip to Tindoz d'Afrique.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lilongwe road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Karonga to Lilongwe takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Blantyre.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Blantyre

— 2 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.
Nyasa Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): head outdoors with Nyasa Adventures, then buy something for everyone on your list at Chichiri Shopping Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St.Michael's and All Angels Church.

Start your trip to Blantyre by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Fly from Lilongwe to Blantyre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Blantyre can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Blantyre

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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.