7 days in Malawi Itinerary

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Lilongwe
— 1 day
Fly
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Likoma Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Salima
— 1 night
Fly
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Mulanje
— 1 night
Drive
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Chikwawa
— 1 night
Drive to Chileka International Airport, Fly to Zurich

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Lilongwe — 1 day

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Sanctuary, then stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament Building.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lilongwe road trip planning app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Lilongwe is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Lilongwe is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Likoma Island.
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Likoma Island — 1 night

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 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral.

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

Traveling by flight from Lilongwe to Likoma Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Salima.
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Salima — 1 night

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll through Kuti Wildlife Reserve.

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You can fly from Likoma Island to Salima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. In May in Salima, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can fly to Mulanje.
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Mulanje — 1 night

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mulanje.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mulanje road trip tool.

You can fly from Salima to Mulanje in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chikwawa.
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Chikwawa — 1 night

Chikwawa is a town with a population of approximately 12,000 located in the Southern Region of Malawi on the west bank of the Shire River. On the 30th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Majete Wildlife Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chikwawa day trip tool.

You can drive from Mulanje to Chikwawa in 2 hours. May in Chikwawa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel 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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