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About Lusaka

Lusaka is the bustling capital city of Zambia. With over 1.7 Million residents within the city limits, Lusaka is the largest urban zone in the country. Lusaka is well-known for its Sunday crafts markets and the majestic wildlife parks in its surroundings. The main touristic attractions include the Lower Zambezi National Park and the Chaminuka Game Reserve.

Cheap flights to Lusaka are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be amazed by this vibrant city! Lusaka is home of Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), which is located on a 20-minute drive from the city centre.

Why visit Lusaka

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Art Galleries

With well sought-after private collections, as well as locally sculptured and painted pieces, Lusaka is an artistic haven in Africa. The Namwandwe Gallery and National Museum are worth a visit.

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Nature and Wildlife Parks

Observe Africa’s majestic beasts in their natural environment and leave with memories that last a lifetime. Lusaka is home to Munda Wanga Environmental Park and many others.

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African Crafts Markets

Feel the pulse of Lusaka in all its splendour at the famous Lusaka City Market. Walk away with precious souvenirs and observe this city’s people.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Zambia
Currency Zambian Kwacha (ZMW)
Language English
Hub Airport Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)
Airline Zambia Airways
Time Zone GMT+ 2
Travel Adaptor Type C, D and G

Best time to visit Lusaka

The best time to visit Lusaka will depend on what it is that you plan to do there. We recommend that the most ideal time to visit would be in the dry season of Zambia, which falls between May and November. The dry season in Lusaka is fantastic for visitors who wish to experience and get some great footage of wildlife in Zambia. This period of time is when you can take a trip to a nature reserve and spot animals such as elephants, leopards, hyenas and more. The wet season in Lusaka falls between November and April. Though many of the nature reserves are closed during this time, it would still be a great time to go boating or hiking and see the natural vegetation in the area flourish!

Weather & Climate in Lusaka

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 17°C 16°C 16°C 13°C 10°C 8°C 7°C 9°C 13°C 15°C 16°C 16°C
High °C 27°C 28°C 28°C 27°C 26°C 24°C 22°C 27°C 30°C 32°C 31°C 28°C
Rainfall (mm) 200 190 80 40 10 10 10 10 20 60 110 160

Lusaka is the vibrant and ever-evolving heart of Zambia. It encompasses the true African spirit and sports its honour proudly in every nook and cranny that you may find. The residents of Lusaka originate from Zambia’s 70 tribes, and there are also smaller communities from Europe and Asia too. A day in Lusaka’s City Market may be seen as a day spent in a culturally rich oasis, and don’t be surprised to hear many of Zambia’s local dialects being spoken!

Most tourists visit this city to get a closer look at the majestic wildlife that Africa showcases so beautifully here. Lusaka is in close range to many nature reserves (such as the Chaminuka Game Reserve and Munda Wunga Environmental Park) and over the dry season these parks open their doors to take visitors on a journey of a lifetime.

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It is important to get the following vaccinations done before your trip to Lusaka:

Hepatitis A Tetanus Meningitis It is also vital to have a dosage of Anti-Malaria medication.

Lusaka is a generally safe city, but as with any large city, it is important to be aware of your surroundings. Locals recommend that visitors be aware of pick-pocketing and avoid walking around alone at night.

There are many fantastic top range hotels, as well as more affordable accommodation to stay in Lusaka. The city centre would be a great option to stay in as it is full of markets, restaurants, bars and shopping centres. It is also easy to navigate day trips and excursions from your accommodation here.

Lusaka is one of the fastest growing and expanding cities in Africa, and so there are always new hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s popping up. Prices range from over R130 per night to more than R2500, depending on your preference.

For visitors, it would be a good idea to reserve or call for a registered taxi when travelling in Lusaka. The prices are very favourable, and it is much easier than navigating the streets yourself when hiring a car. Another option would be to hire a driver for your duration there.

Many locals in Lusaka make use of the public transport system of this metropolitan city, using minibuses, taxis and buses. Though this would be a great way to save of money for visitors, it can often be overcrowded.

Main attractions in Lusaka

Namwandwe Gallery

Namwandwe Gallery

Liyali Elephant Park

Liyali Elephant Park

Lusaka City Market

Lusaka City Market

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