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The bustling city of Lusaka is the largest urban zone in Zambia, as well as the capital city. The first Europeans settled here in 1905 and began the construction of the railway. It was made the capital the British Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia in 1935, bringing prosperity to the growing African city.

Why visit Lusaka?

  • Exploring the jaw-dropping national parks, filled with the majestic wildlife every tourist!
  • Shopping at the local markets to get up and close with the daily lives of the locals!
  • Enjoying the vibrant nightlife, Zambian-style!
Zambian Kwacha, ZMW, ZK
Time Zone:
GMT + 2
Dialing Code
00 + 21 + 1 + Local Number
Drive on the left side of the road.
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka City Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Standard Plug Fitting Type C / D / G. Best to get a worldwide adapter

The weather in the months of June, July and August tends to be warm in the daytime but cooler at night. Temperatures can start to climb in September, becoming very hot by October, so you may prefer to visit before then.

Whenever you decide to visit the exciting capital of Zambia, be sure to check Travelstart for a range of cheap flights.

English is the official language of Lusaka, but Nyanja is also commonly spoken. Although English is widely used, you may find the following phrases useful.

How are you?

Muli bwanji?

Thank you


How much is it?

Ni zingati?
  • Lusaka was established as the capital of Northern Rhodesia by the British in 1935.
  • It is now one of the fastest developing cities in South Africa.
  • The population is approximately 1.7 million.

If you are a nature lover, you won’t want to miss the National Parks. Lower Zambezi National Park will offer you the opportunity to see elephants, waterbucks, monkeys, hippos and kudu. You may also like to visit the newly opened Lusaka National Park.

Lusaka also has cultural attractions to visit, such as the Zambia National Museum and Namwane Art Gallery.

One of the main features of Lusaka is the presence of the bustling markets. The Pakati Sunday Market and the Sunday Crafts Market are great places to pick up souvenirs.

Although the area does not have beaches, there are swimming pools available at some of the local sports centres and hotels.

You will find a wide variety of options for dining in Lusaka. The town centre market offers inexpensive local food, but there are also restaurants where you can enjoy a more formal dining experience. As well as local cuisine, you can also find restaurants serving various international cuisines, such as Indian, Chinese and Italian.

As there is a good choice of restaurants, there should be something to suit most tastes and dietary requirements.

The official religion of Zambia is Christianity, but there are also Hindu, Sikh and Muslim communities. When visiting any religious buildings, make sure that you dress appropriately and behave respectfully.

The risk of malaria is high throughout the developing country of Zambia, so you will need to ensure that you arrange malaria tablets before your visit. There are also vaccinations required.

If you are unwell while in Lusaka, the city has well-equipped private clinics. There are also pharmacies located in Manda Hill, Arcades and Levy Junction shopping centres.

As with any African country, the streets can become crowded, making visitors a target for pickpockets. It is best to only carry what you need and always be vigilant to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

Egyptian Embassy in Lusaka

Address: Plot No 5206 United Natios Avenue, Longacres, Lusaka.
Phone: (+260) 211 254149 / (+260) 211 250229
Fax: (+260) 211 252213

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport - LUN

Formerly known as Lusaka International Airport, Kenneth Kaunda Airport (code LUN) was renamed in 2011 in honour of Zambia's first President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and was a hub for now defunct national airline Zambian Airways which ceased operations in 2009.

The airport is 14km from the city centre and you won’t struggle to find transfers with one of the many taxis. If you prefer doing things on your own, then book you vehicle hire in advance. We have cheap car hire prices from all major car hire companies (Avis, Europcar etc.) in Lusaka. Check Travelstart now for the latest and best prices on Lusaka car rental.

The information on this page is correct as of November 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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