Route & dates
Start: San Diego
Fly: 36 h
Blantyre— 5 nights
Drive + Fly: 3 h 30 min
Likoma Island— 1 night
Fly + Drive: 1 h 30 min
Lilongwe— 1 night
Fly: 36 h
End: San Diego
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As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Caverna Art Gallery and St.Michael's and All Angels Church. Get in touch with nature at Mount Mulanje and Zomba Plateau. Get out of town with these interesting Blantyre side-trips: Majete Wildlife Reserve (in Chikwawa) and King African Rifles Monument (in Zomba). There's still lots to do: stroll through The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, get advice or help at The Society of Malawi Library, and browse the different shops at Chichiri Shopping Centre.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Blantyre itinerary planning tool.
San Diego, USA to Blantyre is an approximately 35- hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Diego in April; daily highs in Blantyre reach 81°F and lows reach 66°F. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel to Likoma Island.
Things to do in Blantyre
Zomba, Mount Mulanje, Majete Wildlife Reserve
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Located on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi, Likoma Island holds plenty of allure with giant baobabs and sweeping views of the wild coast.Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral.
To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Likoma Island trip itinerary planner.
You can do a combination of car and flight from Blantyre to Likoma Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lilongwe.
Things to do in Likoma Island
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Highlights from your plan
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.On the 11th (Sat), ponder the world of politics at Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at World War I Memorial, then look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka, then stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, and finally stroll through Nature Sanctuary.
For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lilongwe online tour planner.
Traveling by combination of flight and car from Likoma Island to Lilongwe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Lilongwe
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