15 days in Malawi & Tanzania Itinerary

15 days in Malawi & Tanzania Itinerary

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15 days in Malawi & Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Madison, United States
Fly:  34​h
1
Blantyre, Malawi
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
7
Moshi, Tanzania
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  31​h
End: Madison, United States

1
day
Blantyre, Malawi

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stop by Tiyamike Sewing, browse the collection at The Society of Malawi Library, then trek along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Michael's and All Angels Church.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Blantyre road trip planner .

Madison, USA to Blantyre is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Madison to Blantyre due to the time zone difference. In October, Blantyre is warmer than Madison - with highs of 88°F and lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mulanje.

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St.Michael's and All Angels Church ©
Tiyamike Sewing ©
Tiyamike Sewing
The Society of Malawi Library ©
The Society of Malawi Library

1
night
Mulanje, Malawi

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mulanje online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Blantyre to Mulanje takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in October, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature Parks
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

1
night
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for gifts at Mwanzo Mpya, stroll through Cheetah's Rock, and then step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. On the next day, admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Park, then kick back and relax at Nakupenda Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Mulanje to Zanzibar City in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mulanje to Zanzibar City is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in October, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nakupenda Beach
Nakupenda Beach

1
night
Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nungwi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zanzibar City to Nungwi in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
On the 20th (Sun), see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nungwi to Arusha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nungwi in October: high temperatures in Arusha hover around 78°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors
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Climbing Tours

2
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
On the 21st (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Serengeti National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Serengeti National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arusha in October: high temperatures in Serengeti National Park hover around 63°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Nature Parks
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Seronera ©
Seronera

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nights
Moshi, Tanzania

Moshi
Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
Step out of Moshi to go to Kilimanjaro National Park and see Mount Kilimanjaro, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, browse for treasures at Mama Africa Curio, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Moshi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Serengeti National Park to Moshi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Moshi

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Mount Kilimanjaro
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Climbing Tours
Safaris

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