The city prides itself in its market culture and every day, there are literally thousands of stalls that sell a myriad of things. There are fresh fruit stalls, hairdressers, fishmongers, restaurants, spare parts, clothing and gifts to name a few.
Lusaka City Market: Zambians go to this fascinating market to get their bargains. The market is host to over 400 stalls and despite its chaotic nature, tourists don’t often get hassled.
Soweto Market: This market is more functional than the City Market but is still worth a visit.
Sunday Craft Market: Every Sunday the Arcades Shopping Centre car park is turned into a craft market. A great place for buying native gifts and crafts.
North Mead Market: Known as a great place to stock up on souvenirs and to enjoy the small supermarkets, restaurants and fresh food stalls in the area.
In and around the city there is plenty to see and do for the visitor. The Lusaka National Museum, art galleries focusing on local artists, the Lusaka Playhouse theatre, the Kabwata Cultural Village and the Moore Pottery Factory are great places to visit in the city. The city boasts a rich culture of local artists and many of their pieces are available for sale.
Adventure City offers a variety of activities including water slides, paint-ball, and swimming pool.
About 11 kilometres from the city centre is the Nembo Scenic Park which is designed, to scale, over a 47 000 square metre area showing a model map of Zambia. The Park features lakes and waterfalls and is a perfect place to go for a stroll with the family.
The Kalimba Reptile Park has an interesting collection of snakes, tortoises, chameleons, crocodiles and other reptiles, found in the surrounding areas, as well as from the rest of Africa. It is a great place to explore for the entire family and features a playground for the little ones. Set in a lush garden, its facilities include a cool veranda where refreshments are served and a putt-putt course.
Monkey Pools on the Mukamunya Estate and offer a beautiful outing for wimming and playing in the crystal clear turquoise waters, the source of the Mukamunya river. The grounds are extremely beautiful and with jungle like forests and make an excellent picnic spot for a day out. You’ll find them out on the Leopards Hill Road where the tar ends. Take the road to the left and follow the signs.
Munda Wanga is 16 km 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. Open daily from 8 am - 4 pm.
Lilayi Elephant Nurseryis 15 minutes drive south of Lusaka on the Kafue Road. You will find a turn to Lilayi Game Reserve and here you will find the Elephant Ophanage Project that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants before releasing them back into the wild. Open daily for viewing the baby elephants between 11.30 am to 1 pm.