8 days in Malawi Itinerary

8 days in Malawi Itinerary

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8 days in Malawi Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Blantyre
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mulanje
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Salima
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Likoma Island
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Lilongwe
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zomba Plateau (in Zomba) and Majete Wildlife Reserve (in Chikwawa). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at La Caverna Art Gallery, stroll through The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, pause for some serene contemplation at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, and stop by Tiyamike Sewing.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Blantyre visit planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Blantyre is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, Blantyre is somewhat warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mulanje.

Things to do in Blantyre

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

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

1
night
Mulanje

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mulanje.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mulanje using our trip 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 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Salima.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature Parks
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuti Wildlife Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Salima day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Mulanje to Salima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Mulanje in August, Salima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Salima

Wildlife Parks
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Kuti Wildlife Reserve ©
Kuti Wildlife Reserve

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Ulisa Gardens and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Likoma Island route maker website .

Getting from Salima to Likoma Island by combination of car and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. On the 30th (Fri), 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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Lilongwe

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
On the 31st (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Sanctuary, then stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament Building, and finally look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Kumbali Cultural Village, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then don't miss a visit to World War I Memorial.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lilongwe itinerary site .

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 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary
Parliament Building ©
Parliament Building

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