Lusaka, in Lusaka Province, is the capital of Zambia. It is a cosmopolitan city that is home to approximately one in ten Zambians.

39 things to do

All Places Zambia

The Cha Bar

This busy, fun and friendly bar is in Lusaka Backpackers, (until its recent revamp called ChaChaCha Backpackers). Its the most easy going place in the centre of the city, and even has great food. Its used by locals and tourists alike and is the place to be if you want to meet people in a place where you don't need to dress up first. You'll get local businessmen in suits for their after work beer and tourists getting out of the pool. There's even an informal taxi rank outside to get you home when you've finished your evening on the local Mosi beer.

The National Museum

A classic dusty, underfunded African museum that is worth a visit if you are at a loose end. An amusingly stark 'collection' of modern art on the ground floor, coupled with a more engaging exhibition upstairs covering Zambia's colonial history, village life, and witchcraft. Lots of old newspaper cuttings giving an interesting glimpse in to the prejudiced views of British Colonial Officers and their attitudes towards the 'natives'. Give yourself at least 1 hour, but keep your expectations low.

SEE   —  Independence Ave


''The Lusaka Club, Los Angeles Boulevard, Longacres''. Long a staple of the Lusaka dining scene Marlin is notorious for its pepper steak. Other meats and some Chinese on the menu also. The restaurant has a definite 70s feel, but is always pretty busy (reservations needed for busy times), and the beef is pretty good (porterhouse a better option than the fillet). Prices ''exclude'' 27% in VAT and service. The wine list is exclusively Nederburg. Mains from K70,000.

EAT   —  Map

Arabian Nights Restaurant Ltd

Fine fusion cuisine - Pakistani curries, steaks, continental, seafood, game meat, wraps, salads and home made ice-creams. Take-aways available. Their Kitwe branch won the "Best Restaurant in Zambia" award from the Tourism Council and this place is just about equally great. They also have their own ice-cream parlour (vanilla) which makes home-made ice-cream from basic ingredients. It's pricey, but then so is Ben & Jerry's.

Vanilla Ice-Cream Parlour

Nestled with Arabian Nights this gelaterie serves the best ice-cream I have ever had anywhere! Prices start from K10,000 for a single scoop cone to K36,000 for a sundae but I guess that's because they don't use any artificial flavours or colours. Well worth going to for dessert!

EAT   —  Arcades

Jackal & Hide

Hidden away in Sugar Bush Farm is a beautiful shop that sells fantastic genuine African leather bags and other leather accessories. Good quality, attractive designs and reasonable prices. They opened a cafe too so good for a lunchtime visit.

Wakmaf Bus Services

Maxwell Katyamba has worked for World Vision for 13 years and has now decided to start his own business. Wakmaf Bus Services can accommodate from 1-7 people or up to 29 people for larger groups.

Melsim Lodge Ethiopian Restaurant

Run by an Ethiopian lady the lodge's restaurant offers some pretty authentic Ethiopian cuisine - better to eat in the bar under the thatch rather than in the wedding hall-esque dining area.

EAT   —  Alick Nkhata Rd

Levy 1

A new (as of 2012) shopping mall, with yet more South African shops for you to browse, including a huge '''Pick'n'Pay'''. The cinema is open as of 2013.

BUY   —  Church Rd

The Pamodzi Hotel

Is probably the nicest in Lusaka, having recently undergone a US$ 7 million renovation. Helpful staff. However, the food is generally disappointing.

SLEEP   —  Map

Mint Cafe

Small coffee shop in Arcades Shopping Mall. Serving milkshakes, a variety of coffees including lattes, cappucinos and a great assortment of cakes.

EAT   —  Arcades Mall Lusaka

The Marlin Restaurant at the Lusaka Club

provides quality steaks and Chinese food in a "country club atmosphere" for around $10.

Pick N Pay Supermarkets

Pick N Pay will have 15 stores open in Lusaka and the Copperbelt by the end of 2015.

BUY   —  +260 21127378 —  Map


Shoprite is the largest supermarket chain in Zambia with 25 stores.

BUY   —  Map

Choppies supermarkets

Choppies supermarkets of Botswana to open many stores in Lusaka.

BUY   —  Map

North End Lodge

a/c double rooms with own bathroom and breakfast. has 7 rooms

SLEEP   —  Great North road

Wanderers Backpackers

camping and six bed Dorm, owned by Lusaka Backpackers.


Unfussy Indian restaurant with a talented head chef.

EAT   —  Birdcage Walk

Spar Supermarkets

there are now over 11 spar supermarkets in Zambia.

BUY   —  Map

Standard Chartered bank

has master card / visa card ATMs all over Lusaka

BUY   —  Map

Stanbic bank

Has Visa and Mastercard ATMs all over Lusaka.

BUY   —  Map

Purview Lodges Ltd

single/double rooms with own bathrooms.

Golden Days Executive Lodge

double room with outside bathroom

SLEEP   —  12238 Mosi o Tunya Road


has master card / visa card ATMs

Lunga Rest Lodge

double room with own bathroom.

Flintstones Backpackers

camping/4-bed dorm/own room..

Paseli Backpackers hostel

camping/4-bed dorm/own room.

Bird Nest Backpackers

camping/Dorm bed/own room.

SLEEP   —  +260 975241320 —  4 long acres

Kalulu Backpackers hostel

camping/Dorm bed/own room.

SLEEP   —  211-231486 —  20 Broads road



Pioneer Camp

camping with own tent

SLEEP   —  +260 966-432700 —  Map

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