59 days in Malawi & Mozambique Itinerary

59 days in Malawi & Mozambique Itinerary

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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 5 nights
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Salima, Malawi
— 4 nights
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Zomba, Malawi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chikwawa, Malawi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Blantyre, Malawi
— 3 nights
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 5 nights
Drive to Nampula, Fly to Ponta do Ouro
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 5 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 5 nights
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Inhaca, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Lilongwe, Malawi — 5 nights

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Step out of Lilongwe with an excursion to Chongoni Rock Art Area in Dedza--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, make a trip to World War I Memorial, soothe aching muscles at Khondi Spa Retreat, and stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lilongwe road trip app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Lilongwe is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Salima.
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Salima, Malawi — 4 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. Take a break from Salima with a short trip to Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art in Mtakataka, about 56 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of Kuti Wildlife Reserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Salima trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Lilongwe to Salima takes 2 hours. March in Salima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to Zomba.
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Zomba, Malawi — 4 nights

Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. Venture out of the city with trips to Queen Victoria Memorial Tower (in Mangochi), Shire Eco Safari Camp (in Liwonde National Park) and Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop (in Balaka). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Chilwa, appreciate the history behind King African Rifles Monument, and head outdoors with Zomba Plateau.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zomba day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salima to Zomba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In March in Zomba, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chikwawa.
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Chikwawa, Malawi — 4 nights

Chikwawa is a town with a population of approximately 12,000 located in the Southern Region of Malawi on the west bank of the Shire River. When in Chikwawa, make a side trip to see Mwabvi Game Reserve in Nsanje, approximately Nsanje away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Majete Wildlife Reserve.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chikwawa trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Zomba to Chikwawa takes 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Chikwawa are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 19th (Sun), you're off to Blantyre.
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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.
Blantyre is known for museums, historic sites, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Serendib Hair Day Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, stop by Tiyamike Sewing, and buy something for everyone on your list at Chichiri Shopping Centre.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Blantyre tour planning app.

You can drive from Chikwawa to Blantyre in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Blantyre can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will leave for Mulanje on the 22nd (Wed).
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Mulanje, Malawi — 5 nights

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. On the 23rd (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Mulanje.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mulanje online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Blantyre to Mulanje in 1.5 hours. In March in Mulanje, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 27th (Mon), you're off to Mozambique Island.
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique — 5 nights

Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Get out of town with these interesting Mozambique Island side-trips: Nacala (Mesquita Central de Nacala & Cathedral of Nacala). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Governor's Palace Museum, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Sebastiao Peninsula.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mozambique Island vacation planning website.

Drive from Mulanje to Mozambique Island in 10 hours. Traveling from Mulanje in March, expect Mozambique Island to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. You will leave for Ponta do Ouro on the 1st (Sat).
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique — 4 nights

Ponta do Ouro is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and look for gifts at Magenta Moon Boutique.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Ponta do Ouro visit planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Mozambique Island to Ponta do Ouro takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Vilanculos.
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Vilanculos, Mozambique — 5 nights

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Change things up with these side-trips from Vilanculos: Parque Nacional de Bazaruto (in Bazaruto Archipelago) and Inhassoro Beach (in Inhassoro). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, delve into the distant past at Manyikeni, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilanculos trip planning site.

Fly from Ponta do Ouro to Vilanculos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Vilanculos, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to Tofo.
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Tofo, Mozambique — 5 nights

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Step out of Tofo to go to Inhambane and see Massagem Tropical, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation, kick back and relax at Barra Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tofo travel route planner.

Getting from Vilanculos to Tofo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll set off for Inhaca on the 15th (Sat).
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Inhaca, Mozambique — 4 nights

Inhaca is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Portuguese Island.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Inhaca trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tofo to Inhaca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In April in Inhaca, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the ferry ride to Maputo.
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Maputo, Mozambique — 9 nights

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
Maputo is known for sightseeing, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, head off the coast to Inhaca Island, see some colorful creatures with Mozambique Scuba, and hunt for treasures at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Maputo road trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Inhaca to Maputo in 3 hours. April in Maputo sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night.
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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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Mozambique travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Flea Markets
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.
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