Lusaka (Zambia)

Lusaka Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Adam Ojdahl

Not terrible, just not terribly interesting

Lusaka is the capital of ZambiaNo real sights at all
The necessary conveniences plus a good bar sceneNo actual city center

Anyone who has done even a bit of browsing through Travelindicator probably knows that we hold no great love for the African metropolis. Congested, crowded, dirty, unsafe, there is plenty of bad stuff that can be said about them. But a city of 1.7 million people cannot be omitted here, so we decided to dive into Lusaka, capital of Zambia and one of the fast growing cities in this part of the world. Unfortunately it did not prove to be the exception to our rule.

Lusaka isn't a terrible city, it's just not a terribly interesting or coherent one. The good part is that getting in here is easy with an international airport right next to it, but the bad is that there is basically a lack of sights and seemingly a lack of structure to the city. There is no discernible center, and although you do find the stereotypical uninteresting African museum (The National Museum) as well as some modern malls (premier one is Arcades Shopping Centre) where you will find all the conveniences a big city has to offer. Some markets and bazaars complete the picture, while the nightlife is said to get rowdy (Alpha Bar, ahem). [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Lusaka is a city in Zambia. It has a population of 1,742,979, is situated at an altitude of 4114ft and the best airport to fly into is LUN (Lusaka, Lusaka)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • Note: Lusaka is a good point of entry for trips to Zambia as it is well internationally connected (by air)
  • The currency used in Zambia is the Zambian kwacha (ZMW)

Lusaka Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
81 81 82 81 79 75 75 81 86 90 86 82

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
9.6 7.3 3.7 1.4 0.1 0 0 0 0.1 0.7 3.5 8.2

More Lusaka travel resources

Check out Expert Africa if you don't believe us. Or head to Lonely Planet, Wiki or Wikitravel.


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