31 days in Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Itinerary

31 days in Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Itinerary

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31 days in Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Itinerary

Start: Moshi, Tanzania
taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Blantyre, Malawi
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 4 nights
4
Lusaka, Zambia
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Gaborone, Botswana
— 5 nights
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

4
nights
Blantyre, Malawi

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.
Get outdoors at Zomba Plateau and Majete Wildlife Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Caverna Art Gallery and King African Rifles Monument. It doesn't end there: browse the collection at The Society of Malawi Library and buy something for everyone on your list at Chichiri Shopping Centre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Blantyre trip itinerary maker .

Moshi, Tanzania to Blantyre is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. October in Blantyre sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mulanje.

Things to do in Blantyre

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Zomba, Majete Wildlife Reserve
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Zomba Plateau ©
Zomba Plateau
Majete Wildlife Reserve ©
Majete Wildlife Reserve

1
night
Mulanje, Malawi

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mulanje trip planner .

You can drive from Blantyre to Mulanje in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. In October, daytime highs in Mulanje are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature Parks
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

4
nights
Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe ©
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 Safaris and Nkhoma Mountain. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art and Gems and Jewellery Lanka. Step out of Lilongwe to go to Salima and see Kuti Wildlife Reserve, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's more to do: stroll through Nature Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lilongwe road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Mulanje to Lilongwe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuti Wildlife Reserve, 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
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary

6
nights
Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka ©
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka and Jame Mosque. Step out of the city life by going to Chaminuka Game Reserve and Lower Zambezi National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Lusaka National Park, take in the exciting artwork at 37D Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Freedom Statue, and look for gifts at Jackal & Hide.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lusaka trip itinerary site .

Fly from Lilongwe to Lusaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Chaminuka Game Reserve ©
Chaminuka Game Reserve
Lusaka National Park ©
Lusaka National Park
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka ©

5
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery and Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Helicopter Tours. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum, don't miss a visit to Mukuni Village, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Livingstone trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Lusaka to Livingstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Livingstone sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
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River Rafting & Tubing
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Get outdoors at Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Serondela Reserve.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park online holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Livingstone to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga

2
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
On the 6th (Wed), stroll through Okavango Delta. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Okavango River.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Okavango River ©
Okavango River

5
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Get some cultural insight at ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace) and Sri Balaji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Gaborone Game Reserve. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, play a few rounds at Bluetree World of Golf, and buy something for everyone on your list at Airport Junction.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gaborone sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Ngamiland East to Gaborone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Ngamiland East in November, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Trinity Church ©
Trinity Church
Sri Balaji Temple ©
Sri Balaji Temple

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