34 days in Malawi Itinerary

34 days in Malawi Itinerary

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34 days in Malawi Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  35​h
1
Blantyre
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mulanje
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Salima
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Lilongwe
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Likoma Island
— 7 nights
Fly:  37​h
End: Chicago

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Blantyre side-trips: Majete Wildlife Reserve (in Chikwawa) and Zomba (Zomba Plateau & King African Rifles Monument). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at La Caverna Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Chichiri Shopping Centre, and stop by Tiyamike Sewing.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Blantyre trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Blantyre is an approximately 35-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In July, Blantyre is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F. You'll set off for Mulanje on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Blantyre

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Zomba, Majete Wildlife Reserve
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Majete Wildlife Reserve ©
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Zomba Plateau ©
Zomba Plateau
St.Michael's and All Angels Church ©

6
nights
Mulanje

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Take a break from Mulanje with a short trip to Lake Chilwa in Kachulu, about 1h 55 min away. On the 7th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Mulanje.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mulanje visit planner.

Traveling by car from Blantyre to Mulanje takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. You will leave for Salima on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Chilwa
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje
Lake Chilwa ©
Lake Chilwa

6
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art (in Mtakataka) and Chongoni Rock-Art Area (in Dedza). Spend the 13th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of Kuti Wildlife Reserve.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Salima online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Mulanje to Salima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Mulanje in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Salima, with lows of 67°F. You'll set off for Lilongwe on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Salima

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chongoni Rock-Art Area, 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
Chongoni Rock-Art Area ©
Chongoni Rock-Art Area

5
nights
Lilongwe

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Lilongwe is known for parks, shopping, wildlife, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, and buy something for everyone on your list at Old Town Mall.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lilongwe journey maker website .

You can drive from Salima to Lilongwe in 2 hours. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off toLikoma Island.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary
Parliament Building ©
Parliament Building

7
nights
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.
Likoma Island is known for historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Cathedral and take in nature's colorful creations at Ulisa Gardens.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Likoma Island trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lilongwe to Likoma Island in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You will leave for home on the 30th (Fri).

Things to do in Likoma Island

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