Lusaka & Surrounds

Lusaka & Surrounds

Things to do - general

The sprawling city of Lusaka definitely has a certain African charm and the truly fascinating thing about Lusaka is its energy! Lusaka didn’t exist until 1930, and was then just a sleepy agricultural centre. It became Zambia’s capital in 1935, but serious growth didn’t occur until the 1960’s. The size of the city has tripled since then, and Lusaka is bursting at the seams.

Lusaka has a fantastic climate; the summers are warm and sunny, spotted here and there with thundershowers, and the winters are mild with stacks of sunshine.

The city and suburbs are now abuzz with the latest office blocks, shops, restaurants and 4 major shopping malls. Hotel.

Along Great East Road are three of the largest shopping malls in Zambia, Arcades shopping mall (with open-air storefronts) and Manda Hill shopping mall (enclosed shops), and the latest, Levy Junction. These malls are home to local and international stores such as Shoprite, Game and Woolworths, Foschinis, Truworths, Movie Theatres and a number of fast food outlets and restaurants.

The city centre includes several blocks west of Cairo Road, around which lie the New City Market and Kamwala Market, a major shopping area, as well as the Zintu Community Museum. Further east lies the government area, including the State House and the various ministries, around the Cathedral Hill and Ridgeway areas. One of the main streets and points of interest upon business is the street of Cairo

Country Zambia
Visa requirements
Languages spokenNyanja, Bemba, English
Currency usedZW
Area (km2)72km2

Sports & nature

There are several sports clubs in Lusaka which offer facilities for golf, tennis, swimming and squash. For golfers, there’s the Lusaka Golf Club, Chilanga Golf Club and Chainama Hills Golf Club. The Lusaka Club offers bowls, tennis and squash. Polo is a popular sport, especially among expatriates, and the polo field at the showgrounds usually has matches on the weekends. Hash House Harriers organise walks and runs on Saturdays at 15h00. Several swimming pools are available. The large Lusaka City Council swimming pool just off Lubu Road is open every day except Mondays from 10h00 to 18h00. One can also use the pools at the Intercontinental and Pamodzi hotels at modest prices.Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

There are upmarket clubs and restaurants in the suburbs but many roadside shebeens offer a closer experience of how Zambians “get in the groove” and dance the night away to the sounds of rhumba, kwela, hip hob, or R&BNightlife image

Culture and history info

Lusaka has an interesting history and culture and there are plenty of sights to see to help make the most of both. As with most African cities, Lusaka’s markets are its beating heart. For the best local wares and wonders, the Sunday Market at the Arcades Shopping Centre on Great East Road is a good place to fill your suitcase with souvenirs before flying home. If it’s atmosphere and cheap local fare that you are after then the Town Centre Market or Lusaka City Market are a better bet and less-touristy, if a little more chaotic. The National Museum is also worth a visit, with a collection of contemporary Zambian paintings and sculpture as well as a more archaeological and ethnographical section upstairs that fills visitors in on some of Zambia’s fascinating cultural history. For a spot of suburban safari, Lusaka now has a National Park on the outskirts of the city. You’ll find it along the Leopards Hill Road. There’s a high viewing platform or several roads to take a drive and see several species of antelope. On the southern side of Town you’ll find the Lilayi Private Game Reserve and Elephant orphanage. Further along is the Munda Wanga Environmental Park with stunning botanical gardens and a small zoo. Here rescued wild animals are rehabilitated for reintroduction into the wild, including lions and cheetahs. It also has a relaxing pool and braai area Kalimba Reptile Park is a bit of a trek from town and only accessible with a 4x4, but it’s a great place to view crocodiles and snakes and then grab a beer and a crocodile sandwichCulture and history image
Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel

Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel

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Chaminuka Game Lodge

Chaminuka Game Lodge

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Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower

Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower

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The Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower in Zambia has opened, making it the fourth Protea hotel in the capital More info

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Bestow Cars Quantum Bus

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