15 days in Malawi Itinerary

15 days in Malawi Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lilongwe
— 2 nights
2
Likoma Island
— 1 night
3
Salima
— 2 nights
4
Nkhata Bay
— 2 nights
5
Zomba
— 2 nights
6
Blantyre
— 4 nights

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.
When in Lilongwe, make a side trip to see Chongoni Rock-Art Area in Dedza, approximately Dedza away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, make a trip to Kumbali Cultural Village, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Building, and appreciate the history behind World War I Memorial.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Lilongwe is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to 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
Chongoni Rock-Art Area ©
Chongoni Rock-Art Area
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary

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 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Ulisa Gardens and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Likoma Island online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Lilongwe to Likoma Island in 3 hours. Other options are to 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. On the 21st (Sat), stroll through Kuti Wildlife Reserve. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Salima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Likoma Island to Salima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Salima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nkhata Bay.

Things to do in Salima

Wildlife Parks 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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Nkhata Bay

Nkhata Bay ©
Nkhata Bay or just Nkhata is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Kande Beach.

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Drive from Salima to Nkhata Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Salima in December, expect Nkhata Bay to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off to Zomba.

Things to do in Nkhata Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kande Beach ©
Kande Beach

2
nights
Zomba

Zomba ©
Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zomba: Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop (in Balaka) and Lake Chilwa (in Kachulu). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Zomba Plateau and pause for some photo ops at King African Rifles Monument.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zomba road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nkhata Bay to Zomba takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Nkhata Bay in December, things will get a bit warmer in Zomba: highs are around °C and lows about °C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel to Blantyre.

Things to do in Zomba

Outdoors Shopping Nature

Side Trips

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

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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: Mount Mulanje (in Mulanje) and Majete Wildlife Reserve (in Chikwawa). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at La Caverna Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, don't miss a visit to Malawi Stock Exchange, and trek along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Blantyre trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zomba to Blantyre in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Blantyre are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Blantyre

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Mulanje, Majete Wildlife Reserve
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje
La Caverna Art Gallery ©
La Caverna Art Gallery
The Society of Malawi Library ©
The Society of Malawi Library

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