Lusaka

Lusaka monument.
Overview

Learn all about Lusaka's early 20th-century European settlers at the Lusaka National Museum. Then soak up the local bustle of Lusaka's colourful street markets or take a trip out to see African wildlife at Chaminuka game park.

Background

Sitting on a 4265-foot-high plateau in southern Zambia, capital Lusaka oozes African appeal. You'll find the city centre spreading west from Cairo Road, taking in New City Market, the bustling, open-air Kamwala Market and the Zintu Community Museum. Head east to get a closer look at the government area, including the State House. Then continue further east for the Henry Tayali Visual Arts Gallery at the Showgrounds and the Mpala Gallery, both showcasing the work of local artists. The north-eastern suburb of Northmead is where you'll find the city's nightlife scene.

First-time visit

Visit Lusaka National Museum to trace the development of the capital through enticing tales of witchcraft and exhibitions by contemporary artists. Then explore Munda Wanga Environmental Park to see African wildlife, cared for here before being released back into the wild. Take a stroll past the brightly-coloured flowers in the Botanical Gardens, an oasis of calm in the centre of bustling Lusaka. Or step inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to cool off and see its tall stained glass windows. At wildlife ranch Lilayi Lodge, take a game drive to get close to zebra and antelopes.

Return visit

If you didn't get enough safari the first time round, make a return visit to take a one-hour drive to game park Chaminuka, where you might spot elephants, giraffes and lions. Back in Lusaka, visit the Henry Tayali Visual Arts Gallery to see exhibitions by local artists. You can also buy African art here to take home as a souvenir. If this gets you in the mood for shopping, head for Kabwata Cultural Village. Here you can browse stalls looking for African antiques, books and hand-carved wooden statues. Spend a night out in the bars and nightclubs of Northmead to hear lively African rhythms long into the night.

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