One of the fastest-developing cities in Southern Africa, Lusaka is Zambia’s centre of commerce and government, and home to many nationalities that come together to create a bustling hub of economic, political and cultural activities.
Attractions within the city include the Lusaka National Museum, Freedom Statue, Zambian National Assembly, Lusaka Playhouse Theatre, and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The Lusaka Collective is a great shopping experience, where you can stop for a coffee or light lunch. Local markets are a wonderful hive of activity with thousands of stalls set up each day.
A visit to the Elephant Orphanage at Lilayi Lodge makes for a heart-warming outing with these special giants. Chikumbuso is an important community empowerment project that works with the most vulnerable women and children in Ng’ombe township. We encourage visitors to Lusaka to visit and support this important initiative.
Food lovers will appreciate the growing selection of restaurants, including Indian, Thai, Greek, Continental, Chinese, steakhouses and cafés. Local eateries serve up traditional Zambian cuisine and some of the must-try foods include nshima (corn meal), vegetables like chibwabwa (pumpkin leaves) and katapa (sweet potato leaves), and seasonal fruits like masuku (wild loquats) and mawuyu (baobab seeds). For those with adventurous taste buds, have a try of ifinkubala (fried caterpillars) and inswa (fried flying ants).
There is a good array of accommodation in and around the city centre, from 5-star hotels through to more low-key backpacker lodges. Access into and away from Lusaka is via Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (formerly Lusaka International Airport). Lusaka enjoys a beautifully warm and humid subtropical climate. It experiences a lengthy hot, wet season from October to April, followed by a shorter cold, dry season.
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