Lusaka Travel Guide

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Lusaka Highlights

  • Pro
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     People are friendly 

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     Not much to see or do. 

  • In a nutshell
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     If you pass on seeing it, you might not miss too much. 

Lusaka Things to Do

  • Kalimba reptile park-crocodile farm

    If you want to have a close look at big crocodiles, snakes and tortoises this is the place to visit. You can buy crocodile products, fish in ponds and have a swim in their pool (croc-free). Nice place for families.Open 9.00 – 18.00 hrs every dayEntry fees: Adults K20,000 Children (under 12) K10,000 Picnic charge: K5,000 per adult

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  • The heart of the city

    Lusaka City Market lies in the center of the city, west from Cairo Road. It is a huge, one roof market place, housing over 4000 market stalls selling and producing various kinds of products and services: clothes, CDs, DVDs, food.. The market is a place worth visiting, even if you wouldn’t be planning to buy anything.

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  • The national museum

    Lusaka National Museum has four main sections telling about the history of the country form many aspects. There are paintings, sculptures, maps etc. To me the most interesting was the one on witchcraft.The museum is open from 9 to 4.30 every day and the admission is $2.

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  • Day trip to Chaminuka

    Situated outside of the city on the way to the airport is a private game park called Chaminuka. It's pretty large, but don't go thinking that you're getting a "true" safari experience. You can see cats (though they are caged in their own part of the park), elephant, lots of Kudu, antelope, zebra, and a bunch of other animals. There is a fantastic...

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  • Cheese Tasting in Zambia?

    There are two different types of game reserves. There are the ones that are open with no fences and then there are the types that are fenced in that keep the wildlife in an enclosed area so that you can view them all. Chaminuka is all enclosed and fenced in with a variety of animals for you to view. The grounds are actually very nice and showcase a...

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  • Lusaka National Museum

    Nothing too interesting here. You will be done with everything in about 30 minutes really. The exhibits are small and humorous at times, but there is a little bit to see. There is a fair amount of material on the fight for independence and the history of that period. Some of the things they could do without though - like the skull of a lion that...

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Lusaka Restaurants

  • Thai in Lusaka!

    In Arcades area, you need to walk a bit behind Rhapsody's to find Chang, it has a nice seat outdoors. The food is tasty and not expensive. You must try stir fried duck with basil and pork/beef with cashwe nuts. You must try stir fried duck with basil and pork/beef with cashwe nuts.

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  • Best Cafe in Lusaka

    For me that's the best place to have breakfast, brunch, cafe, or dessert in Lusaka. Indoor and outdoor sitting, outdoor sitting is just lovely.Not expensive. The place is always full of expatriats. I like the burgers there! Burgers

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  • Outdoor Italian

    Portico is probably one of Lusaka's best restaurants. Situated near the Lusaka Polo Grounds, Portico has beautiful decor and great outdoor seating. When one enters the restaurant it almost (ALMOST) feels a bit New York chic. Pretty impressive for Lusaka! We were impressed.The Italian food served at Portico is much less inspired than the decor, but...

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Lusaka Nightlife

  • Arcades Shopping Mall

    Arcades Shopping Mall contains two places where you can party, Times Café and Rhapsody. Both places has a high-end and classy clientele with nice waitresses. But this is not a typical place for ordinary local people.

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  • Great dance bar

    Johnny's is one of my favorites. It's got a great dance floor built over the indoor pool (I know... very strange). The bar is run by some friendly Chinese and is pretty inexpensive. It's well known in the expat community and attracts a fun crowd - especially the ladies. Casual.

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  • Sketchy but fun

    For true African hooker-bar experience, visit Alpha Bar in Lusaka. It's a dump - plain and simple - and full of working gals, but definitely worth checking out, even if purely for the circus-act atmosphere. The drinks are cheap and music isn't bad, but the crowd is definitely sketchy and the neighborhood outside can be dodgy at night. Anything...

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Lusaka Transportation

  • Contacts for TAXI drivers in Lusaka

    :While in Lusaka my preferred Taxi drivers were Mr Martin (Telf: 0966.433.455) and Mr Sikombe (Telf: 0977.152.337).I was in Lusaka for one week only and did several taxi rides with them. They seemed both experience drivers, very professional as well and I ended up very happy with their taxi services.If you are planning to travel to Lusaka and you...

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  • Lusaka city buses

    If you travel on a tight budget you might want to use public transports to get around in Lusaka. Small toyota hiace buses takes up to 18 passengers and the bigger nissan buses takes around 35. It costs maybe ~1500 -3500 Kwacha (1/3-3/4 $) depending on the distance you want to go. If going from for ex. Arcades to Kabulonga, it's much more convenient...

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  • Bus from Zambia to Malawi

    The direct bus from Lusaka to Lilongwe goes when it's full, maybe between 10 AM and 1 PM. The trip takes 13-14 hours. The price to Lilongwe is 150,000 Kwacha (30 USD). If you like to go to Chipata, buses leave Lusaka from early morning through to late afternoon (10-12 hours trip). According to Lonely Planet on the web, there are only three direct...

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  • ATM:s in Lusaka

    If you need cash, here is a map of most atm:s in Lusaka, copy and past the entire address below:http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=104901505365058672379.0004733690d93d4b0dc25&ll=-15.409334,28.348503&spn=0.120477,0.220757&t=h&z=12Note: Some outdoor ATM:s, specially at Cairo rd might not feel comfortable to use because of people...

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  • Open shops in Lusaka at nights

    Thare are some open shops in Lusaka at nights, like Helenikos Supermarket and Butchery in Northmead. Cheap prices for foodstuff and other groceries here.

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  • Anything you need..

    Lusaka City Market lies in the center of the city, west from Cairo Road. It is a huge, one roof market place, housing over 4000 market stalls selling and producing various kinds of products and services: clothes, CDs, DVDs, food..

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Lusaka Local Customs

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    by ngaka Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    While Zambia has a huge number of languages the linga franca in Lusaka is Nyanja, where it has developed its own style, heavily influenced by the merging of the different peoples in the capital.
    Important words are: Muli bwanji? - How are you?
    Ndili bwino - I'm fine.
    Zingati? - How much?
    Zikomo - Thankyou.
    English is widely understood and you shouldn't have many difficulties in getting by with this.

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Lusaka Warnings and Dangers

  • Electric plugs

    Zambia uses British-standard electric power connections. Euro-standard plugs are often crammed into the British sockets without a converter since they "almost fit". The result is poor connection and damage to the socket. When low quality British plugs are put in the sockets they can get overheated and melt if you are using for ex. an electrical...

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  • Lusaka bus station and fights

    It's a tough business to attract customers to travel on their bus when several other buses are going to the same destination. You are inundated by people shouting the praise of their bus company. Some companies engage unemployed men to track down and get hold of tourists to travel with their bus. At least one of the bus companies engaged local...

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  • Malaria!

    I have had it twice and it is not fun...! If you are traveling in this region take precautions towards Malaria. If you do not take medication in prevention and you have the following symptoms after your return go straight to your doctor and tell him you were in a Malaria region: Flue like symptoms, combined with headache, backache and fever....

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Lusaka Tourist Traps

  • No buses in Zambia departs if they are...

    I came to Lusaka bus station in the morning, and a local man rushed towards me when I walked out of the taxi. He said are you going to Livingstone, Chipata, Lilongwe? I said yes, Lilongwe. He said come on, follow me, the bus is leaving very soon. And we walked past several other buses to "his" bus. It was the Zambia Botswana Luxury Couch, but it...

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  • Holiday Inn

    Although I didn't stay in the Holiday Inn it was around the corner from the Taj Pomodzi where I was based. The Holiday Inn appears to be a fine hotel, however, just watch the cost of drink. A 500ml can of Guiness is around $8.

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  • Well to me it wasn't really a...

    Well to me it wasn't really a tourist trap but a real must: The smoking water- The one&only Victoria Falls!!! To see the whole thing, don't visit the place only from the Zimbabwean side, but start from the Zambian side!!!

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Lusaka What to Pack

  • Power adaptor

    This one pictured I bought in Botswana. It's a good one because I can plug American stuff and European stuff into it.

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  • Bring a watch!

    If you're like me, you tell time not by a wrist watch or the position of the sun, but by my mobile phone. Well I couldn't get a mobile phone signal in either Zambia or Botswana, so leaving my phone on caused the battery to die much quicker (usually my mobile phone battery lasts about a week -- but there is lasted about 8 hours because it was...

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  • Packing List

    Summer is hot, anything light goes. Winter is something difficult to imagine; it IS cold!!! Take something warm, esp. night time is chilly. Malaria is there during the rain season, and also in some areas where there is stagnant water year round. Mediacation is essentian (paludrine/heliopar)! Also take a 1st aid kit with antiseptic swaps, needles...

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Lusaka Off The Beaten Path

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    by ngaka Written Aug 24, 2002

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    A good place to buy crafts is the Kabwata Cultural Village located on Buma Rd, Kabwata. There are a number of stalls and the quality is very high. Some Sundays they have traditional dancing there as well.

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Lusaka Favorites

  • In the streets of Lusaka

    With a population of 3,5 mill. people, Lusaka is considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. It's a city with both gravel roads and bitumen roads, dilapidated houses with flat corrugated roof and modern concrete buildings. The pavements are in use for street sellers.

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  • Lusaka skyline

    Lusaka is the capital and the largest city in Zambia. The population is 3,5 mill. people. But it is a city of low buildings. The exception is some few buildings around Cairo road in downtown.

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  • Money change offices

    Most of the banks and many money change offices can be found along Cairo Road. The exchange rate was slightly lower than the rate in Livingstone. 1 USD was 4700 Kwacha (August 2009).

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