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Lusaka is not one of Africa's most attractive cities but compared with others it has a relaxed air and people are generally friendly and laid back.

There are some wide avenues lined with jacarandas. These are particularly beautiful in September and October when the trees bloom and the pavements are carpeted in purple blossom.

Lumumba market

The main street in Lusaka is Cairo Road where there are numerous markets and bazaars. During the week the pavements are bursting with people and traffic is virtually at a standstill. East of the road, on Lumumba is Lusaka's biggest market. This is an interesting place to visit, however we recommend you take a local guide to advise you on prices and local customs.

Finally, a place well worth a visit is the Moore Pottery factory. On the Eastern side of Kabelenga Road, it has beautiful ceramics.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Lusaka

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lusaka, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Lusaka

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    Places near Lusaka

    Accommodation choices for Lusaka

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lusaka. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Southern Sun, Lusaka

      Southern Sun


      The Southern Sun Ridgeway is located 2.7 km away from the city centre and 27 km from the airport. The hotel is a landmark hotel in Lusaka and each of the 155 rooms overlook landscaped gardens.

    • Honeymoon chalet, Pioneer Camp

      Pioneer Camp


      A good choice in Zambia's capital for a peaceful and relaxed stop in the city, well away from the bustling centre. The accommodation is simple but comfortable, with everything you need.