15 days in Malawi Itinerary

15 days in Malawi Itinerary

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15 days in Malawi Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h
1
Lilongwe
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Likoma Island
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Salima
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Nkhata Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Zomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Blantyre
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Lilongwe

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Go for a jaunt from Lilongwe to Dedza to see Chongoni Rock-Art Area about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka, take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, and make a trip to Kumbali Cultural Village.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lilongwe journey planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lilongwe is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Wildlife 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

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.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Ulisa Gardens and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Likoma Island planning site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Lilongwe to Likoma Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Salima.

Things to do in Likoma Island

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

2
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 21st (Sat): stroll through Kuti Wildlife Reserve. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Salima trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Likoma Island to Salima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. December in Salima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nkhata Bay.

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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nights
Nkhata Bay

Nkhata Bay ©
Nkhata Bay or just Nkhata is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. On the 23rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Kande Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nkhata Bay journey planning tool .

You can drive from Salima to Nkhata Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, Nkhata Bay is little chillier than Salima - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off toZomba.

Things to do in Nkhata Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kande Beach ©
Kande Beach

2
nights
Zomba

Zomba ©
Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. Get out of town with these interesting Zomba side-trips: Lake Chilwa (in Kachulu) and Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop (in Balaka). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Zomba Plateau and pause for some photo ops at King African Rifles Monument.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zomba trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nkhata Bay to Zomba takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nkhata Bay in December: high temperatures in Zomba hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. You will leave for Blantyre on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Zomba

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Chilwa, Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop
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Zomba Plateau ©
Zomba Plateau
Lake Chilwa ©
Lake Chilwa

4
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 Majete Wildlife Reserve (in Chikwawa) and Mount Mulanje (in Mulanje). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at La Caverna Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, and stop by Tiyamike Sewing.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Blantyre trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Zomba to Blantyre takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Blantyre

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mount Mulanje
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje
Majete Wildlife Reserve ©
Majete Wildlife Reserve
La Caverna Art Gallery ©
La Caverna Art Gallery