28 days in Malawi Itinerary

28 days in Malawi Itinerary

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28 days in Malawi Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h
1
Lilongwe
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Likoma Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Karonga
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Nkhata Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Salima
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Dedza
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Zomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Blantyre
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Lilongwe

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Lilongwe is known for parks, shopping, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, make a trip to Kumbali Cultural Village, admire the natural beauty at National Herbarium And Botanic Gardens Of Malawi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Maula Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lilongwe driving holiday app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lilongwe is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Likoma Island.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Shopping Wildlife
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary
Parliament Building ©
Parliament Building

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.
Likoma Island is known for historic sites and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral and take in nature's colorful creations at Ulisa Gardens.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Likoma Island itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lilongwe to Likoma Island in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You will leave for Karonga on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Likoma Island

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

3
nights
Karonga

Karonga ©
Karonga is a township in the Karonga District in Northern Region of Malawi. Karonga is known for museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Cultural and Museum Centre of Karonga.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Karonga tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Likoma Island to Karonga takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. In December in Karonga, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toNkhata Bay.

Things to do in Karonga

Museums
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Cultural and Museum Centre of Karonga ©

3
nights
Nkhata Bay

Nkhata Bay ©
Nkhata Bay or just Nkhata is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. Nkhata Bay is known for classes and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Kande Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nkhata Bay day trip planning app .

You can drive from Karonga to Nkhata Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Karonga in December, things will get a bit cooler in Nkhata Bay: highs are around 26°C and lows about 20°C. You'll set off for Salima on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Nkhata Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kande Beach ©
Kande Beach

4
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. Spend the 12th (Thu) in the pleasant surroundings of Kuti Wildlife Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Salima trip maker site .

Drive from Nkhata Bay to Salima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nkhata Bay in December: high temperatures in Salima hover around 32°C and lows are around 30°C. You'll set off for Dedza on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Salima

Parks Wildlife
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Kuti Wildlife Reserve ©
Kuti Wildlife Reserve

3
nights
Dedza

Dedza ©
Dedza is the main township of Dedza District in the Central Region of Malawi.Dedza is located about 85 km south of Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, off the M1 road to Blantyre at a point where a trans-African highway from Johannesburg enters the country.At an altitude of 1590m it is the highest town in Malawi. Change things up with a short trip to Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art in Mtakataka (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chongoni Rock-Art Area.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dedza road trip site .

You can drive from Salima to Dedza in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Salima in December, with highs in Dedza at 23°C and lows at 18°C. On the 18th (Wed), you're off toZomba.

Things to do in Dedza

Museums

Side Trip

Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art
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Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art ©
Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art
Chongoni Rock-Art Area ©
Chongoni Rock-Art Area

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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). It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Zomba Plateau and pause for some photo ops at King African Rifles Monument.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zomba trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dedza to Zomba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dedza in December, with highs in Zomba at 34°C and lows at 25°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off toBlantyre.

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

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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 Mount Mulanje (in Mulanje) and Majete Wildlife Reserve (in Chikwawa). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at La Caverna Art Gallery, browse the different shops at Chichiri Shopping Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, and look for gifts at Tiyamike Sewing.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Blantyre trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Zomba to Blantyre in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. In December, daytime highs in Blantyre are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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

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