Flights to Lusaka
Zambia’s capital and largest city is Lusaka, situated in the southern area of the central plateau. The city has a nice selection of things to see and do, and being the arrival point for most tourists visiting Zambia, Lusaka is a good place to spend several days.
Flights to Lusaka International Airport (airport code: LUN) are available with several airlines, flying direct and non-stop from South Africa. South African Airways, Zambezi Airlines and Kulula all have non-stop flights to Lusaka that all take about 2 hours. There are one stop options too; a flight to Lusaka with Air Namibia makes one connection in Windhoek, and Air Botswana has their transfer point in Gaborone. There are no public buses that serve the airport, but taxis are easy to get and it’s only a 15 minute drive into the city from the airport.
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The Tourist Attractions of Lusaka:
Many tourists come to Zambia to see the amazing scenery and wildlife, but if you want to experience some of the Zambian culture Lusaka is the perfect place to do so. It’s worth spending several days in the city before or after you visit other parts of Zambia, and there are museums, markets, and gardens to explore while here.
Shopping in Lusaka
Lusaka is a great place to buy all manner of items, and definitely a good place to stock up before travelling onwards to smaller towns and cities. There are numerous opportunities for shopping here, including markets and shopping malls, such as the two largest ones in the country, Arcades Shopping Mall, and Manda Hill Shopping Mall. If you prefer the market experience then Soweto Market comes highly recommended and it consists of two markets which between them sell anything and everything! Kamwala Market is also a good one to try.
Lusaka National Museum
The best place to find out more about the history and culture of Zambia is at the Lusaka National Museum. This museum focuses on these two aspects of the country and exhibits include art that depicts the way of life here, and one is the story of Zambia. The children’s exhibits have been designed specifically with children in mind, showing life in a way that will appeal to any children in your family.
You can also found out more about the culture of Lusaka and Zambia as a whole in two other attractions in the city: the Kabwata Cultural Village, and the Zintu Community Museum. The former covers the culture of the whole country, while the latter is a more local perspective.
Munda Wanga Environmental Park
Munda Wanga Environmental Park is one of Lusaka’s top tourist attractions, offering several attractions in one place. It started as a private garden but is now a botanical garden for the city, as well as a wildlife sanctuary and wildlife educational centre, and includes a nice restaurant and bar where you can grab a bite to eat.
When Should You Visit?:
Lusaka has cooler weather than some parts of Zambia thanks to its high plateau elevation, but even so, it’s not cold here! Summers have average highs between 26 and 31C but this is also the rainy season so may be best avoided. Over the winter months there’s no rain at all, and temperatures are still very pleasant, with the lowest average high being 23 and the highest 31C.