African Travel Concept

Lusaka

The capital of Zambia is a small city, part modern and part traditional African, where local markets are located alongside industrial-l­ooking high-rise blocks. Lusaka has experienced a boom of growth in the past few years; new buildings are erected at a fast pace and shopping malls are set up in most suburbs. Usually used as a stop en-route to other cities, Lusaka was previously overlooked, but is well on its way of becoming a tourist destination of its own.

The local markets are a hub of activity! Thousands of stalls are set up every morning, visited by the public during the day and cleared away before dark. This is a never-ending cycle, both fascinating and inspiring due to the dedication of the hawkers to earn a living. The most interesting of these are fishmongers, fruit sellers and rows of “salaula” – stalls of second-hand clothing sold by the bale. 

There are upmarket clubs and restaurants in the suburbs, but many roadside shebeens offer a closer experience of how Zambians “get in the groove” and dance the night away to the sounds of rhumba, kwela and hip hop.

Wildlife is plentiful in Lusaka with Munda Wanga which is 16km from the city centre. It is comprised of an Environmental Education Centre, a Wildlife Park and Sanctuary and a beautiful Botanical Garden. Lilayi Elephant Nursery is another attraction, located 15 minutes south of Lusaka on the Kafue Rd, which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants before releasing them back into the wild.






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