14 days in Malawi Itinerary

14 days in Malawi Itinerary

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14 days in Malawi Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h
1
Blantyre
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Zomba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Mulanje
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Nkhata Bay
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
5
Salima
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h
6
Likoma Island
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Lilongwe
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Blantyre

Blantyre ©
As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.
Go for a jaunt from Blantyre to Chikwawa to see Majete Wildlife Reserve about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of La Caverna Art Gallery, browse the different shops at Chichiri Shopping Centre, don't miss a visit to Malawi Stock Exchange, and trek along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Blantyre trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Blantyre is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Blantyre dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Zomba.

Things to do in Blantyre

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Majete Wildlife Reserve
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Majete Wildlife Reserve ©
Majete Wildlife Reserve
St.Michael's and All Angels Church ©
Tiyamike Sewing ©
Tiyamike Sewing

1
night
Zomba

Zomba ©
Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. On the 24th (Tue), appreciate the history behind King African Rifles Monument and then get outside with Zomba Plateau.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zomba trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Blantyre to Zomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Mulanje.

Things to do in Zomba

Outdoors
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Zomba Plateau ©
Zomba Plateau

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nights
Mulanje

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mulanje.

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Traveling by car from Zomba to Mulanje takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mulanje can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You'll set off for Nkhata Bay on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Mulanje

Parks Nature
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

1
day
Nkhata Bay

Nkhata Bay ©
Nkhata Bay or just Nkhata is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. On the 27th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Kande Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nkhata Bay trip maker app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Mulanje to Nkhata Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mulanje in December: high temperatures in Nkhata Bay hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salima.

Things to do in Nkhata Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kande Beach ©
Kande Beach

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nights
Salima

Salima ©
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Kuti Wildlife Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Salima online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Nkhata Bay to Salima by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Nkhata Bay in December, expect Salima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Salima

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art
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Kuti Wildlife Reserve ©
Kuti Wildlife Reserve
Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art ©
Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art

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Likoma Island

Likoma Island ©
Located on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi, Likoma Island holds plenty of allure with giant baobabs and sweeping views of the wild coast.
On the 30th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Ulisa Gardens and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Likoma Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Salima to Likoma Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Likoma Island

Parks Historic Sites
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St. Peter's Cathedral ©
St. Peter's Cathedral

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nights
Lilongwe

Lilongwe ©
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 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka, make a trip to World War I Memorial, and browse the different shops at Old Town Mall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Lilongwe holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Likoma Island to Lilongwe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Chongoni Rock-Art Area
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary
Parliament Building ©
Parliament Building