Why you should visit Lusaka
- It is the gateway to the many wonders of Zambia
- Visit various charities working hard to fight poverty
- Enjoy curio shopping in a Kabwata Cultural Village
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Lusaka is a city best used as a starting point for the gateway to the wilderness areas of Kafue National park, North and South Luangwa, the lower Zambezi and the Victoria Falls at Livingstone. A city with an African success story much like the country, it has more to offer the business traveller.
A little more about Lusaka
Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. Located in the southern part of the central plateau of the country, it is elevated 1300m (4256ft) above sea level. Lusaka was the site of a village named after its headman Lusaaka, that according to history, was located at Manda Hill near where the Zambia's National Assembly building now stands.
There is a selection of activities on offer within the city to while away the hours. Kalimba Reptile Park has an impressive collection of reptiles or for those looking for a good place for locally hand-crafted curios head for the Kabwata Cultural Village. Lusaka National Museum on Independence Avenue is undoubtedly one of the most attractive public buildings in the city and the Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre at the showground has a fine selection of works by Zambian artists.
Just beyond the city parameters there are a number of options for day trips. These include bird sanctuaries, horseback riding through indigenous forest, Lechwe Game and fish farm on the banks of the Kafue River, Lake Kariba and Chaminuka Private Game Reserve that offers a superb wildlife Safari and lunch in beautiful surroundings.
When to go
The best time to visit Zambia for abundant wildlife is between June and November every year. The rainy season runs from November to April.