Lusaka started out as a small village located at Manda Hill, close to the spot where the Zambian National Assembly building presently stands. In 1905, British settlers began the construction of a rail line which led to its expansion, before it eventually replaced Livingstone as capital of the British colony in 1935.
Although not as big on grand attractions as some other African capitals, Zambia’s largest urban centre and commercial heartbeat still offers a genuine African feel.
It boasts a cosmopolitan populace, quality accommodation and restaurants, plus the fact that it is centrally located makes it a great stopover. Add to that, the city’s high altitude gives it a humid subtropical temperature with an annual average mean of 19.9°C.
Lusaka, is one of the fastest growing cities in central Africa with new buildings, shopping centres and chain stores regularly popping up. Accommodation options are varied and spread out across the metropolis.
The city centre bustles with roadside stalls in the day and at night offers a wide range of restaurants, night clubs and bars. Visitors can also choose to stay on the outskirts of town in country lodges.
Central Lusaka offers a variety of budget, midrange and top- end options. The level of choice in accommodation in Lusaka is forever increasing as the city rapidly expands. There are a couple of five-star hotels perfect for the corporate traveller or if you are just seeking luxury for a few days.
Mid-range options vary from conveniently located hotels to sophisticated guesthouses. Budget accommodation varies considerably in price and quality but many visitors prefer the increasing number of smaller guesthouses scattered throughout the city.