25 days in Malawi & Zambia Itinerary

25 days in Malawi & Zambia Itinerary

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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 4 nights
Zomba, Malawi
— 3 nights
Blantyre, Malawi
— 3 nights
Mulanje, Malawi
— 2 nights
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
— 3 nights
Livingstone, Zambia
— 9 nights


Lilongwe, Malawi — 4 nights

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kuti Wildlife Reserve and See Malawi Travel. Visiting Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and Nature Sanctuary will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Old Town Mall, look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka, soothe aching muscles at Khondi Spa Retreat, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lilongwe day trip planning app.

Berlin, Germany to Lilongwe is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Berlin to Lilongwe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Zomba.
Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Tours
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Zomba, Malawi — 3 nights

Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. Escape the urban bustle at Shire Eco Safari Camp and Zomba Plateau. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Chilwa and Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop. There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at King African Rifles Monument.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zomba road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Lilongwe to Zomba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. July in Zomba sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Blantyre.
Outdoors · Shopping · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Blantyre, Malawi — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Majete Wildlife Reserve and The Society of Malawi Library. There's much more to do: trek along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, shop like a local with La Caverna Art Gallery, and stop by Tiyamike Sewing.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Blantyre trip website.

You can drive from Zomba to Blantyre in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Blantyre are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mulanje.
Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Spas
Side Trip

Mulanje, Malawi — 2 nights

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mulanje online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Blantyre to Mulanje in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to South Luangwa National Park.
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia — 3 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to South Luangwa National Park and the Bush-Spa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read South Luangwa National Park attractions site.

You can fly from Mulanje to South Luangwa National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Livingstone.
Nature · Parks · Spas
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Livingstone, Zambia — 9 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Visiting Victoria Falls and The Explorer Club will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Mukuni Village. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum.

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Traveling by flight from South Luangwa National Park to Livingstone takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Livingstone sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Malawi travel guide

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.

Zambia travel guide

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.