Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. The city is also the centre for commerce and trade and a key transport hub. Lusaka is home to an international airport situated about 15 km from the city centre, which handles the majority of domestic and international flights in Zambia.
The city has an estimated population of 1, 264, 684 residents and is also the administrative centre for the Lusaka Province and District.
Lusaka was established as a small trade centre when the railway line reached here in 1905 from southern Zambia. It was chosen as the administrative capital of the Northern Rhodesia colony in 1935 and also the capital of the independent Zambia.
Tourism in Lusaka:
Lusaka is an entertaining city and here you will find movie theatres, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. Other places of interest in the city are; the Lusaka National Museum, the National Assembly Building and the Lusaka Show Grounds. The city is within easy reach of the Lilayt Game Lodge and the Kafue National Park which is about 60 km from the city. Kafue is the largest game reserve in Zambia and one of the largest in the world.
There are a number of airlines that offer regular scheduled flights to Lusaka. The Zambian capital is home to the Lusaka International Airport which is the busiest in the country. The airport is home to Zambian Airways which flies regularly from Lusaka to a number of regional and domestic destinations including; Mfuwe, Livingstone, Lower Zambezi, Ndola, Chipata, Harare and Johannesburg.
The airport is situated about 25 km from the city centre and public transport from here into Lusaka consists of minibuses and buses. Taxis are also available and car hire services can be found at the airport’s terminal building.
Other airlines offering regular flights to Lusaka are; Nationwide Airlines, Kenya Airways, Air Malawi, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Zimbabwe.
As the largest city in Zambia and an important travel hub, Lusaka is home to a number of good hotels. The city also has a number of alternative accommodation options including hostels and apartments. Popular hotels in Lusaka include:
InterContinental Lusaka: one of the leading hotels in the city, the hotel is a member of the InterContinental Group of Hotels. The hotel is situated on Haile Selassie Avenue near the city centre and offers a good selection of amenities and services such as; conference rooms, health and fitness centre, restaurants, bars, internet access, swimming pool, business services, information desk, car hire, foreign exchange.
Taj Pamodzi Hotel: situated at Church Road a short distance from the Lusaka City Centre, the Taj Pamodzi is one of the city’s premier hotels and a five star establishment. The hotel offers one of the most comprehensive lists of amenities and services in Lusaka such as; business and conferencing facilities, high speed internet, hair and beauty salon, foreign exchange, laundry, car rental, café, restaurant, bar, spa, health and fitness centre, swimming pool and shops.