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    Pit stop on the Great East Road: Straw hats in good quality

    by georeiser Updated Nov 11, 2009

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    A small community in the middle of the wilderness had shops along the road. It's a popular pit stop for trucks and buses on the way from Lusaka to Chipata and Malawi. Passengers who stops for a break have the possibility to buy crafts, like the typical Straw hats known for this area of Zambia.

    What to buy: Straw hats in good quality.

    (food, drinks and pisau fruits).

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    Shoprite: Supermarkets

    by nora_south_africa Written Jun 21, 2008

    Sells food and drink, also stationary, basic home utensils , meat and bread.
    Lusaka: Manda Hill, Cairo Road, Chilenje, Matero
    Kitwe
    Livingstone

    Ndola
    Mansa

    Kabwe
    Kasama

    Luanshya
    Solwezi

    Mufulira
    Chipata

    Chingola
    Mongu

    Mazabuka

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    PEP stores: Budget clothing shop

    by nora_south_africa Written Jun 21, 2008

    If you left your warm clothes at home buy yourself some here... not too expensive, also sells various other things.
    Lusaka: Manda Hill, Cairo Road, Freedom Way, Matero, Kafue
    Kitwe
    Chipata

    Ndola
    Petauke

    Kabwe
    Katete

    Luanshya


    Chingola
    Mansa

    Chililabombwe
    Kasama

    Livingstone
    Mpulungu

    Mazabuka
    Nchelenge

    Choma
    Mpika

    Monze

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    various at craft markets: Hand made music instruments

    by nora_south_africa Written Jun 21, 2008

    There are various hand made musical instruments you can buy, just ask locals how to play it.. and have a great time playing these african drums and other various instruments.
    If you have children that are musical this can keep them busy for hours...

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    everywhere: Copper

    by kixon Written Jan 8, 2007

    What to buy: Copper is used everywhere and other metals, if your into that kind of stuff you can find gorgeous things just on local markets to put in your home, and very nice necklaces and bracelets.

    What to pay: You can always try and bargain, its almost considered compulsory

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    Lusaka Airport Duty-Free: Airport duty-free store

    by Saagar Written Aug 4, 2005

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    A little bit of everything. This is where you can gobble up your last dollars or other convertible currencies. No Kwacha here...
    Easy to find in the waiting area after check-in. Some smaller stalls are around, too, with somewhat better prices but more limited goods.

    What to buy: I bought a South African wine box - good value, in fact, at 11 USD, coffe from Chemba Valley - expensive, and a book on Southern African trees which was very expensive. The art goodies were over the top priced. Some nice grass weaves and trays, even a bed, but how do you get it on board?
    If you do not feel like buying anything, go to the restaurant, where you can also consume your good kwachas. A departure Mosi?

    What to pay: Yes, it is duty-free, but the prices are so much hiked up from street/town price that it isn't really worth it. Zero-sum game.

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    The North Market: Arts and crafts

    by Saagar Written Aug 3, 2005

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    Art and crafts are hardly distinguishable in Lusaka's markets. But bet it ain't old - not a place to look for old stuff. It may look old, but I guess it has been made to look old...

    I found the shopping scene for souvenir stuff, arts and crafts somewhat less attractive than that of Tanzania and Kenya, but shopping here is friendlier. Much of the things apparanetly come from the Congo.

    What to buy: Grass baskets, wooden items, warthog tooth carvings (check with CITES!), wire toys, sculptures.
    I bought a used, slightly worn and rough nsolo game board in one of the market stalls for 120.000 Kwacha and a nice tray made from ebony (or similar dark tree, but no shoe polish) for about 100.000. Hard bargaining for the nsolo game board starting at 350'. But friendly, and I was told the price was about right. Bad start for the shopping, though, I arrived in one of the government's black Mercedeces...

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    Kabwata Cultural Village: Locally made crafts

    by genki44 Written Jul 28, 2005

    A great place for hand-crafted souvenirs from Zambia is the Kabwata Cultural Village, in the suburb of Kabwata along Burma Road. The residents are carving all day and a wide variety of items are for sale at reasonable prices.

    Be ready to bargain! They can start with a price like $50 and then sell it to you for $5.00!!!

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    Open air market!!!: Copper art and wooden masks and animals!!!

    by aadil Written Nov 14, 2003

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    Open air shops/markets all over Zambia!!!

    What to buy: There are many places all over the country where you will get good quality traditional wooden masks and animals (like rhinos, giraffes, lions, elephants, etc.) carved out of wood as decorative pieces and good for giving as gifts too!!! These are always available on roadside open air shops / markets or just at some points on the highway too at very cheap prices but you have to bargain to get a realistic price or else they will rip you off too!!! Also copper decorative articles and artwork is available in many small gift shops in the cities too!!!

    What to pay: It all depends on the size and quality of the wooden items and how good you are at bargaining!!! HAHAHA!!! Always start at about half the price they quote and then raise it a little bit but don't think they are selling it cheap to you!!! They will still be making a good profit!!!

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    local stalls: Local crafts

    by nora_south_africa Written Jun 21, 2008

    People of Zambia make wonderful local crafts and there are many Markets where you can buy these crafts.

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