Flights to Lusaka (LUN)

Flights to Lusaka in Zambia will let you experience a modern African city poised for greatness.

Flights to Lusaka

A lot of travellers visit Zambia for the stunning Victoria Falls, but you should consider booking your first flight to Lusaka so you don’t miss out on its beautiful vibrant markets, wildlife parks and game reserves.

In terms of safety and general wellbeing, Lusaka ranks alongside African counterparts Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg, and in truth is no busier than big cities in Europe. Stroll along one of its many wide, tree-lined streets and you'll see it’s a cosmopolitan city, one where new buildings are constantly being contructed.

There are familiar names in retail and restaurants, and large shopping malls offer all the conveniences you would expect in a modern city.

Lusaka always looks to the future, but at the same time it also manages to maintain its traditions. For a taste of this, try shopping at the city’s salaula stalls (salaula means ‘to rummage through a pile’), which are the Zambian version of thrift shops. There are also countless traditional open markets where you can practise your bartering skills.

The burgeoning nightlife scene is built around a hub of cool, contemporary venues. For an authentic Zambian night out, seek out a shebeen – buzzing nightlife venues that often host live bands, where the dancing goes on until the early hours.

Browse the Town Centre Market

For an authentic experience, take a trip to Town Centre Market. It's a loud and lively place where you can pick up everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to handicrafts.

Chiparamba Road

Hang out at Portico

Lusaka’s nightlife has been steadily improving over recent years. A popular place to people watch – and be seen – is Portico, an Italian restaurant-turned-performance centre. It's home to some of the city’s liveliest crowds and serves, excellentpizza while live jazz and traditional music is performed by locals.

Plot 2374 Nangwenya Road
Lusaka Showgrounds
+260 21 125 0111

Take a Lusaka Experience tour

These guided tours offer a glimpse into the lives of those who live on Lusaka’s outskirts, in townships such as the Garden Compound. Here, you'll learn about the place’s history, and see its houses, schools and markets. This is a truly unforgettable experience.

67/68 Akanongo Road
Olympia Extension
+260 977 584 232

Admire the big cats at Munda Wanga

Munda Wanga rehabilitates a lot of animals for re-entry into the wild – lions, cheetahs, jackals, wild dogs, warthogs, baboons and banded mongoose, to name a few. Feeding time is 2pm from Friday to Sunday. The park is quaint, and the animals are loved and well cared-for.

175 Kafue Road
+260 211 278 614

Visit the Lilayi Elephant Nursery

The Lilayi Elephant Nursery is where rescued elephant calves are helped through their early months, before heading off to join older elephants with a view to being released into the wild. This is an unmissable chance to see these amazing animals up close.

Lilayi Lodge
Off Lilayi Road
+260 211 259 871

Barter at Soweto Market

Of all of Lusaka's many and varied markets, Soweto really is a sight to behold: a modern covered market that spills out on to the street, and a carnival of colours and smells to wow even the most seasoned traveller. Be brave and barter.

Lumumba Road

The Retreat (International)

The Retreat certainly lives up to its name: a little oasis of a restaurant where the setting is surpassed only by the food. There is outdoor seating around a pool – particularly inviting at night – as the eatery is part of a sports club. Spend the day swimming and playing tennis to work up an appetite for Chef Helga Du Toit's first-class food.

Roma Park
609 Zambezi Road
+260 96 798 0232

Rhapsody's Lusaka (International)

Rhapsody's has restaurants located throughout Africa, popular for their food fresh from the grill. Definitely one for meat-lovers, the steaks are exceptional, as are the a la carte seafood favourites such as calamari, prawns and smoked salmon carpaccio.

Shop 41
Arcades Shopping Mall
Great East Road
+26 211 256 705

News Cafe (International)

Dress to impress for dinner and dancing at this trendy nightspot, a popular brand imported from South Africa. Fridays are a big deal here, so if you want a table to kick off the weekend, head out at a fashionably late 10pm.

22768 Thabo Mbeki Road
+260 211 258 215

Mint Lounge (International)

The glitzy Mint Lounge is a lunchtime favourite with Lusaka's glamorous set. It's conveniently located near the Arcade Mall, so is the perfect place to fuel up before shopping, or to refuel afterward,. It boasts plenty of locally sourced, healthy options on the menu. Book ahead at weekends.

Acacia Park
Thabo Mbeki Road
+260 97 507 1505

Sugarbush Cafe (International)

Sugarbush is the perfect place for long, chilled breakfasts, brunches and lunches. The best of a bunch of contemporary cafes popping up all over Lusaka, it has its own garden with lots of comfy outdoor seating. It's open late during the weekends, when, lit by candlelight, it looks even more beautiful.

Sugarbush Farm
Leopards Hill Road
Lusaka Central
+260 96 373 8519

Four Seasons Bistro (European)

Owner and Head Chef Jamie Townsend, a finalist in the Zambian version of MasterChef, believes in ‘slow food’. This restaurant takes the best local ingredients – some of the vegetables are sourced from the chef's own garden – and serves them with a touch of European flair.

Suez Road
+260 97 315 1933

Southern Sun Ridgeway Hotel

The Southern Sun Ridgeway Hotel is located in the centre of Lusaka. The four-star property opened its doors in 1952 and since then the area around it has seen a lot of development. But the hotel continues to maintain an idyllic feel thanks to landscaped gardens made up of lily-padded ponds and tropical trees.

Corner of Church Road and Independence Avenue
+260 211 251 666

Latitude 15

This boutique hotel offers some of the most stylish accommodation in Lusaka, with clean, white rooms decorated with traditional African artefacts. The communal areas are gorgeous, too, with the garden and pool wrapped in greenery to add a sense of seclusion.

35F Leopards Lane
+260 211 268 802

Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower

With its big rooms and comfy beds, the Protea has quickly became a favourite with business travellers. The staff make all aspects of your stay as simple and easy as possible, and the restaurant serves good food. A great mid-range option.

Arcades Shopping Mall
Great East Road
+27 211 375 800

StayEasy Lusaka

StayEasy is a no-nonsense hotel for those who want to be out and about exploring, but who would also like to return to the comforts of an established hotel chain. Expect maximum convenience and comfort with minimal fuss whether you’re just popping in or spending some time by the pool to recharge.

Corner of Church Road and Kabelenga Road
+260 211 372 000

Taj Pamodzi Hotel

Perfectly located between the centre of Lusaka and the airport, and sitting in its own tropical gardens, the five-star Taj Pamodzi Hotel is a great base for your travels. It also offers a gym, spa, squash courts and swimming pool – as well as a coffee shop, lounge and restaurant.

Church Road
+260 211 254 455

Paseli Backpackers

Paseli is the one of the leading budget hotels in Lusaka. If your days of sharing a dorm are firmly behind you, this charming little lodge offers en-suite rooms and luxury twin beds for families. Paseli even has its own campsite set within its grounds – so you’ll be able to say you’ve slept under the stars in Africa.

Northmead Plot 7A Paseli Road
+260 211 233 494

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