The bustling city of Lusaka has become an important centre of political and economic activities. The city has a good vibe, with a cross section of old and new, modern shopping centres and old markets, up to date entertainment and traditional cultures.
What can I do there?
Shopping: This has become much easier with the advent of many shopping malls. Now there is a choice of Manda Hill, Arcades, Levy Mall and East Park Mall all on the Great East Road, whilst in the suburban areas there is Woodlands Mall and Embassy Mall and Pick 'n Pay Centre in Makeni. Here you can find most things, albeit at a price. Imported wares are expensive, but they are available. Books, music, banks, chemists, dress shops and home supplies are all to be found. There are restaurants and coffee shops in all the malls, many of whom offer internet facilities.
There are also many other shops in Cairo Road, Freedom Way and Northmead.
A trip to one of the markets is an interesting experience. Here one can buy almost anything, from dried fish and motor car spared to "salaula" or second hand clothes.
Traditional crafts can be found at the Kabwata Cultural Village on Burma Road, at the Arcades Sunday market and at the craft market at the Dutch Refomed Church in kabulongaheld on the last Saturday of every month.
Locally produced leather handbags can be found at the Design House located on Sugarbush Farm situated out of Lusaka on the Leopards Hill Road. This upmarket shop also sells the Trabal textile range of cushion covers and table cloths. The pleasant outside eating area offers arelaxing getaway from the bustle of the city. Well worth a visit.
Lilayi Elephant Orphange: Watch the orphaned ellies being fed from 11:30 each day. There is no charge, but there is a donation box.
Munda Wanga: The zoo and botanical garden is a fun outing for thiose with little ones. This is situated just past Chilanga on the Kafue Road.
Kalimba Reptile Park: Situated off the Great North Road, this is another interesting outing for young and old alike. The children can do some fishing and everyone can take a guided walk around to see the snakes and crocodiles.
Movies: Lusaka now has movie houses at Arcades and manda Hill, so there is always a variety of movies from which to choose.
Nightlife: For those wishing to go dancing, there are many nightclubs and bars with DJ's that play a variety of music, from disco to rap, to kwela and rhumba.
Sport: Most sports such as cricket, tennis, bowls squash, golf, polo and polo crosse are catered for at various sports clubs around the city. There is also the Olymic sized cucil swimming pool which is open every day.
Other useful information:
Most of the embassies and high commissions are housed in Lusaka, a list of which is found at the front of the local telephone directory.
Mediacl assistance is readily available at private and Government hospitals. SES offers emergency medical rescue should you require it, although authorization will require a medical aid number.
Licensed taxis are all painted with an orange stripe around the middle of the vehicle. Ask for a rate before negotiating your journey.