Zambia offers what many consider to be the true essence of Africa; the country is blessed with natural wonders including it's world famous waterfalls such as Victoria Falls. Zambia is also known as one of the safest countries in the world, and its welcoming people ensure a marvelous time spent. Lusaka, where the conference is to be held, is the capital of Zambia and the one of the fastest growing cities in southern Africa.
Mini-buses: The the cheapest option in terms of public transportation, mini-buses are privately owned and range in low prices from 2-5 ZMW (around a dollar or less) for each ride but keep in mind that it may be necessary to take multiple buses to arrive at your final destination
Buses: Similar to the mini-buses but slightly larger, buses are a better option during traffic times. However, most buses won't leave a stop until they are full so this may be a factor to consider.
Taxis: Official blue taxis are at the outside of major centers and it is best to establish the destination and fare before getting into the tax to avoid confusion later on. Many of the taxis offer shared taxis where you and another passenger going to the same destination would share a taxi, along with the fare.
Money: There are many bank branches in Lusaka that have ATMs with access in main shopping centers. To change currency, the Zampost Bureau de Chance and Prospoer Bureau de Change both have good rates.
Safety: Although the safest country in Africa, as common many other urban areas, pickpockets are an an unfortunate reality that often occur in crowds so it is important to stay alert in busy areas such as marketplaces and bus stations. It's also important to remember that most streets at night are dark and empty and that armed carjacking occurs occasionally in Lusaka.
Local Ambulance Number: 992 Local Police Number: 991
Lusaka Lusaka is a vibrant city that offers a variety of tourist attractions, shopping centers and excellent food choices.
Tourist attractions: Popular places to visit in and around the capital include:
Lusaka National Museum:The Lusaka National Museum is an art gallery that focuses on local artists, however there are also many museums in Zambia that include preservation from the cultural heritage from within the country as well as archaeological, natural history and art and other crafts.
Munda Wanga: 16km from Lusaka City Centre. It is an Environmental Park that is comprised of an Environmental Education Centre, a Wildlife Park and Sanctuary and a beautiful Botanical Garden.
Monkey Pools: Located in the outskirts of Lusaka on the Mukamunya Estate and includes a fun daytrip where you can swim in crystal clear springs that are the source of the Mukamunya River. The grounds are lush and make for an excellent location to have a picnic.
Lilayi Elephant Nursery: 15 minutes south of Lusaka you will find the Elephant Ophanage Project that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants before releasing them back into the wild.
Crafts and shopping: The city prides itself on its market culture, there are thousands of stalls in a variety of markets including:
Lusaka City Market
Sunday Craft Market
Restaurant & Nightlife: Plenty of Western style pubs and bars as well as restaurants offering a variety of food. Click here for the top-rated restaurants and lounges in Lusaka for your enjoyment.
Outside Lusaka Popular tourist attractions outside the capital include:
Victoria Falls: Perhaps one of the most well-known landmarks in all of Africa, Victoria Falls stands between the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The cliff can be seen from miles away and visitors have the opportunity to take in the amazing views at Falls Bridge, Devil's Pool, and the Lookout Tree.
Kafue National Park: Located a few hours from Lusaka, is Kafue National Park which is Zambia's largest national park covering 22,400 km and offers the viewing in untouched habitat of countless wildlife.