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The bustling city of Lusaka is the largest urban zone in Zambia, as well as the capital city. The first Europeans settled here in 1905 and began the construction of the railway. It was made the capital the British Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia in 1935, bringing prosperity to the growing African city.

Why visit Lusaka?

  • Exploring the jaw-dropping national parks, filled with the majestic wildlife every tourist!
  • Shopping at the local markets to get up and close with the daily lives of the locals!
  • Enjoying the vibrant nightlife, Zambian-style!
Zambian Kwacha, ZMW, ZK
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~582.42 ZK
Time Zone:
GMT + 2 - There is no time difference between Lusaka and South Africa
Dialing Code
00 + 21 + 1 + Local Number
Drive on the left side of the road.
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka City Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Standard Plug Fitting Type C / D / G. Best to get a worldwide adapter

The weather in the months of June, July and August tends to be warm in the daytime but cooler at night. Temperatures can start to climb in September, becoming very hot by October, so you may prefer to visit before then.

Whenever you decide to visit the exciting capital of Zambia, be sure to check Travelstart for a range of cheap flights.

English is the official language of Lusaka, but Nyanja is also commonly spoken. Although English is widely used, you may find the following phrases useful.

How are you?

Muli bwanji?

Thank you


How much is it?

Ni zingati?
  • Lusaka was established as the capital of Northern Rhodesia by the British in 1935.
  • It is now one of the fastest developing cities in South Africa.
  • The population is approximately 1.7 million.

If you are a nature lover, you won’t want to miss the National Parks. Lower Zambezi National Park will offer you the opportunity to see elephants, waterbucks, monkeys, hippos and kudu. You may also like to visit the newly opened Lusaka National Park.

Lusaka also has cultural attractions to visit, such as the Zambia National Museum and Namwane Art Gallery.

One of the main features of Lusaka is the presence of the bustling markets. The Pakati Sunday Market and the Sunday Crafts Market are great places to pick up souvenirs.

Although the area does not have beaches, there are swimming pools available at some of the local sports centres and hotels.

You will find a wide variety of options for dining in Lusaka. The town centre market offers inexpensive local food, but there are also restaurants where you can enjoy a more formal dining experience. As well as local cuisine, you can also find restaurants serving various international cuisines, such as Indian, Chinese and Italian.

As there is a good choice of restaurants, there should be something to suit most tastes and dietary requirements.

The official religion of Zambia is Christianity, but there are also Hindu, Sikh and Muslim communities. When visiting any religious buildings, make sure that you dress appropriately and behave respectfully.

The risk of malaria is high throughout the developing country of Zambia, so you will need to ensure that you arrange malaria tablets before your visit. There are also vaccinations required.

If you are unwell while in Lusaka, the city has well-equipped private clinics. There are also pharmacies located in Manda Hill, Arcades and Levy Junction shopping centres.

As with any African country, the streets can become crowded, making visitors a target for pickpockets. It is best to only carry what you need and always be vigilant to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

To South Africans or those holding South African passsports, Lusaka is a and Visa free destination.

Republic of South Africa Embassy in Lusaka

Address: 26D Cheetah Road
Phone: (+260) 211 26 0497
Fax: (+260) 211 26 3001

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Lusaka
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R90 R100 R63
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R22 R20 R24
Cappuccino (regular) R19 R20 R25
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R12 R30
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R35 R35 R23

Lusaka Flight Info

For Lusaka flights from South Africa you have a choice of airlines – all available to book on Travelstart. Currently South African Airways (incl. SA Airlink & SA Express) is the only airline offering direct flights to Lusaka from South Africa (Johannesburg & Durban). For flights from other South African cities please refer to the online flight booking engine.  Available to search and book on Travelstart now, airlines flying to Lusaka include:

  • SAA - Direct flights to Lusaka from Johannesburg
  • Air Namibia - Flights from Johannesburg to Lusaka via Windhoek
  • British Airways Comair - Indirect flights to Lusaka from Johannesburg
  • SA Express - Direct flights from Durban to Lusaka

Air Namibia offers flights from Cape Town to Lusaka via Windhoek.

SAA Flight Schedule: Johannesburg – Lusaka

South African Airways/SA Airlink flights to Lusaka depart daily from O.R. Tambo Airport (JNB) and the flight schedule is as follows:

Flight Number


Departs Johannesburg

Arrives Lusaka

SA8160 (Airlink)

Everyday except Sunday








Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday




Everyday except Saturday







Direct flights from Johannesburg take approximately 2 hours.

SA Express: Durban – Lusaka

Flight Number


Departs Durban

Arrives Lusaka


Friday & Sunday




Tuesday & Thursday



Direct flights from Durban to Lusaka take approximately 3 hours.

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport - LUN

Formerly known as Lusaka International Airport, Kenneth Kaunda Airport (code LUN) was renamed in 2011 in honour of Zambia's first President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and was a hub for now defunct national airline Zambian Airways which ceased operations in 2009.

The airport is 14km from the city centre and you won’t struggle to find transfers with one of the many taxis. If you prefer doing things on your own, then book you vehicle hire in advance. We have cheap car hire prices from all major car hire companies (Avis, Europcar etc.) in Lusaka. Check Travelstart now for the latest and best prices on Lusaka car rental.

The information on this page is correct as of November 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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