14 days in Malawi Itinerary

14 days in Malawi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Malawi vacation planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to Chileka International Airport
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Blantyre
— 4 nights
Drive
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Liwonde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lilongwe
— 4 nights
Fly
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Likoma Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Okinawa City

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Blantyre

— 4 nights
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 St.Michael's and All Angels Church and La Caverna Art Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda and King African Rifles Monument. Explore Blantyre's surroundings by going to Majete Wildlife Reserve (in Chikwawa), Mount Mulanje (in Mulanje) and Zomba Plateau (in Zomba). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at Serendib Hair Day Spa, stop by Tiyamike Sewing, and make a trip to Malawi Stock Exchange.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Blantyre online route planner.

Okinawa City, Japan to Blantyre is an approximately 30-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Central Africa Time is minus 7 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Blantyre can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Liwonde National Park.

Things to do in Blantyre

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Liwonde National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): head outdoors with Shire Eco Safari Camp.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Liwonde National Park trip planning app.

You can drive from Blantyre to Liwonde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. Traveling from Blantyre in May, expect nights in Liwonde National Park to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Liwonde National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife
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Lilongwe

— 4 nights
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Get outdoors at Nkhoma Mountain and Kuti Wildlife Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Chongoni Rock-Art Area and Khondi Spa Retreat. There's still lots to do: stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, don't miss a visit to Kumbali Cultural Village, look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Building.

Before you visit Lilongwe, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Liwonde National Park to Lilongwe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 11:

Likoma Island

— 2 nights
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 12th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Likoma Island trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Lilongwe to Likoma Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Likoma Island

Historic Sites
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Malawi travel guide

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Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.