30 days in Malawi Itinerary

30 days in Malawi Itinerary

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Start: Lilongwe
1
Lilongwe
— 5 nights
Drive + Ferry:  18 h
2
Likoma Island
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  8 h 15 min
3
Salima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  30 h
4
Nkhata Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
5
Blantyre
— 4 nights
Train + Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Mulanje
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Zomba
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h 15 min
8
Karonga
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Lilongwe

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Herbarium And Botanic Gardens Of Malawi as well as Khondi Spa Retreat. Explore hidden gems such as Nkhoma Mountain and Maula Cathedral. Get outdoors at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and Nature Sanctuary. Step out of Lilongwe to go to Dedza and see Chongoni Rock-Art Area, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Building, browse the different shops at Old Town Mall, and make a trip to Tindoz d'Afrique.

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Lilongwe driving holiday planning site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Lilongwe International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Shopping Wildlife

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

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Likoma Island Divers. It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral and admire the natural beauty at Ulisa Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Likoma Island travel app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lilongwe to Likoma Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You will leave for Salima on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Likoma Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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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 10th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art. On your second day here, stroll through Kuti Wildlife Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Salima road trip planner.

Getting from Likoma Island to Salima by combination of flight and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. In May in Salima, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough 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

4
nights
Nkhata Bay

Nkhata Bay ©
Nkhata Bay or just Nkhata is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. You've now added Aqua Africa Dive School to your itinerary. There's more to do: stroll through Kande Beach.

Discover how to plan a Nkhata Bay trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Salima to Nkhata Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Salima in May, things will get a bit cooler in Nkhata Bay: highs are around 67°F and lows about 56°F. On the 16th (Sat), you're off to Blantyre.

Things to do in Nkhata Bay

Outdoors Classes Wildlife
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Kande Beach ©
Kande Beach
Aqua Africa Dive School ©
Aqua Africa Dive School

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mwabvi Game Reserve as well as Serendib Hair Day Spa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St.Michael's and All Angels Church and La Caverna Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tiyamike Sewing and Chichiri Shopping Centre. Go for a jaunt from Blantyre to Chikwawa to see Majete Wildlife Reserve about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: trek along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, don't miss a visit to Malawi Stock Exchange, and get advice or help at The Society of Malawi Library.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Blantyre tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Nkhata Bay to Blantyre in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nkhata Bay in May: high temperatures in Blantyre hover around 79°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mulanje.

Things to do in Blantyre

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mwabvi Game Reserve
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Majete Wildlife Reserve ©
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Mwabvi Game Reserve ©
Mwabvi Game Reserve
St.Michael's and All Angels Church ©
St.Michael's and All Angels Church

4
nights
Mulanje

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_dedicate_a_day_to_the_elevated_beauty_of Mount Mulanje.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Mulanje travel planning app.

Drive from Blantyre to Mulanje in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. May in Mulanje sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 63°F at night. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Zomba.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature Parks
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

4
nights
Zomba

Zomba ©
Zomba is a city in southern Malawi, in the Shire Highlands. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop, Shire Eco Safari Camp and Plateau Stables. Visiting Zomba Plateau and Lake Chilwa will get you outdoors. There's more to do: appreciate the history behind King African Rifles Monument.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zomba tour builder tool.

Getting from Mulanje to Zomba by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Karonga.

Things to do in Zomba

Outdoors Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Shire Eco Safari Camp, Lake Chilwa, Chifundo Artisan's Network Art Studio Shop
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Shire Eco Safari Camp ©
Shire Eco Safari Camp
Plateau Stables ©
Plateau Stables
Zomba Plateau ©
Zomba Plateau

1
night
Karonga

Karonga ©
Karonga is a township in the Karonga District in Northern Region of Malawi. You've now added Cultural and Museum Centre of Karonga to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Cultural and Museum Centre of Karonga.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Karonga itinerary planner.

Getting from Zomba to Karonga by combination of car and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Karonga can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Karonga

Museums
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Cultural and Museum Centre of Karonga ©
Cultural and Museum Centre of Karonga

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