59 days in Malawi & Uganda Itinerary

59 days in Malawi & Uganda Itinerary

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Fly to Chileka International Airport, Drive to Mulanje
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kisoro, Uganda
— 4 nights
Bus
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Mbarara, Uganda
— 3 nights
Fly
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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
— 4 nights
Drive to Kasese, Bus to Fort Portal
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Fort Portal, Uganda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Masindi, Uganda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
— 4 nights
Bus
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Kitgum, Uganda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mbale, Uganda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jinja, Uganda
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Kampala, Uganda
— 15 nights
Drive to Entebbe International Airport, Fly to Christchurch

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Mulanje, Malawi — 5 nights

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Explore Mulanje's surroundings by going to Lake Chilwa (in Kachulu) and Zomba (King African Rifles Monument & Zomba Plateau). On the 11th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Mulanje.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mulanje holiday planning site.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Mulanje is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Christchurch to Mulanje, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Christchurch in August, things will get much hotter in Mulanje: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. You will leave for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on the 15th (Mon).
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda — 4 nights

Spend the 16th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bwindi Impenetrable National Park sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Mulanje to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park takes 40 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mulanje to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park when traveling from Mulanje in August, with lows around 15°C. You will leave for Kisoro on the 19th (Fri).
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Kisoro, Uganda — 4 nights

Natural wonders define Kisoro.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kisoro: Destinations African Gorilla Limited (in Kabale) and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Mount Gahinga, Lake Mutanda, &more). Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kisoro day trip website.

Traveling by car from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Kisoro takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kisoro can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Mbarara.
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Mbarara, Uganda — 3 nights

One of Mbarara's popular attractions--Lake Mburo National Park--lies in close proximity to the city, just a short ride away.
Get out of town with these interesting Mbarara side-trips: Kitagata Hot Springs (in Kitagata) and Bugona Tree (in Rubaare). Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Lake Mburo National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mbarara day trip planning site.

Getting from Kisoro to Mbarara by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In August, Mbarara is somewhat warmer than Kisoro - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda — 4 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Queen Elizabeth National Park side-trips: Kasese (Rwenzori National Park & Queen Elizabeth National Park).

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Queen Elizabeth National Park driving holiday tool.

You can fly from Mbarara to Queen Elizabeth National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mbarara in August: highs in Queen Elizabeth National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fort Portal.
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Fort Portal, Uganda — 4 nights

A handful of natural parks and reserves, caves, and lakes, welcome you to Fort Portal.
Go for a jaunt from Fort Portal to Kasese to see Rwenzori Mountains about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll through Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Tooro Botanical Gardens, and explore the activities along Lake Nkuruba.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fort Portal tour planner.

Do a combination of car and bus from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Fort Portal in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Masindi.
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Masindi, Uganda — 4 nights

Masindi is a town in the Western Region of Uganda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Masindi: Rhino Fund Uganda (in Nakitoma) and Budongo Central Forest Reserve (in Budongo). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Murchison Falls National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Polish Cemetery Masindi and delve into the lush surroundings at Royal Mile Budongo Forest.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Masindi day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Fort Portal to Masindi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Masindi when traveling from Fort Portal in September, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Murchison Falls National Park.
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Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda — 4 nights

Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Nile Delta Cruises - Murchison Falls. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring the gorgeous surroundings at Dream Balloons Uganda.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read our Murchison Falls National Park driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Masindi to Murchison Falls National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Murchison Falls National Park, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Kitgum.
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Kitgum, Uganda — 3 nights

Go for a jaunt from Kitgum to Pader to see Aruu Falls Camspite about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Kidepo Valley National Park.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kitgum travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Murchison Falls National Park to Kitgum takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Mbale on the 14th (Wed).
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Mbale, Uganda — 3 nights

Mbale is the type of town which many may pass on their way to the other parts of Uganda, but its low-rise buildings and bustling streets provide a glimpse into local daily life.
Step out of Mbale with an excursion to Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa--about 56 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring the gorgeous surroundings at Explore Sipi Falls. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Sisiyi Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mbale day trip planning site.

Getting from Kitgum to Mbale by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In September in Mbale, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jinja.
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Jinja, Uganda — 4 nights

Adventure Capital of East Africa

Travelers looking for an adrenaline boost flock to Jinja, a bustling town on the shores of Lake Victoria, known as the source of the White Nile.
When in Jinja, make a side trip to see Our Lady of Peace Cathedral in Lugazi, approximately Lugazi away. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Cuupa Arts Gallery, push the limits with an extreme tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jinja route planner.

You can drive from Mbale to Jinja in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Jinja are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Kampala.
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Kampala, Uganda — 15 nights

Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kampala: Entebbe (Entebbe Botanic Gardens, Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, &more). Spend the 22nd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 29th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorilla Bookings, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kampala online itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Jinja to Kampala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Kampala sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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Malawi travel guide

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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.
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Uganda travel guide

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Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.
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