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Lusaka Travel Guide, Zambia

Lusaka Travel Guide: General Information

Lusaka, the capital of Zambia is the largest city of Africa. Lusaka stands very low on the list of holiday destinations for most people. But believe it; spending a few days in Lusaka will be an exclusive experience. This African city has a charisma of its own. The town is still fighting to stand among the major cities of the world, but it has done fairly good in terms of development and leisure facilities lately. With good luxury hotels as well as accommodations, that suits everyone’s pocket; Lusaka holiday is a cheap and entertaining affair. You also can extend your visit to nearby Nacala (one of the deepest natural port) which is around 638 miles away and is among the World Heritage Sights.

Though Lusaka is known for its crime rate, the situation is much better than in other cities of Africa like Harare and Johannesburg. With few preventive measures, you can have a fantastic holiday with a true African feel. Just take a few precautions like stay indoors at night and keep your valuables at the hotel while you go sightseeing. Here is a Lusaka travel guide to let you plan your travel better.

Lusaka Travel Guide: Statistics

Area: 70 sq Km

Population: 1,084,703 (as per 2000 census)

Monetary Unit: Kwacha

Languages spoken: English is the official language. Other languages spoken are Silozi, Afrikaans, Tonga, Nyanja

Lusaka Travel Guide: Architectural Heritage

Lusaka does not have very attractive tourist locations. The real beauty of the place lies in wandering through the local streets and markets and exploring the true African essence. Just take a walk around the city to explore the ambience of the town’s old buildings and complexes.

Still this Lusaka travel guide will guide you to some of the places that can interest you during your vacation. One such place is the Anglican Cathedral situated at the Church Road. This elegant building is worth a visit. Then there is the Cathedral of Holy Cross, the Zambian National Assembly and the Freedom Statue.

Lusaka Travel Guide: Economy and Infrastructure

Lusaka, like other African cities, is still fighting its war against poverty and unemployment. With more than sixty percent of the population being unemployed, the town has a high crime rate. But the town has done quite well in last few decades in terms of development and improving upon the economic standards of the residents. The markets of the town are always buzzing with economic activity.

Lusaka is served by the Lusaka International Airport that has constant domestic and international flights.

Lusaka Travel Guide: People and Culture

Lusaka is home to a number of tribes from Africa as well as people from other parts of the world. The communities that make the major population of the town are the Tonga, Bemba, Lunda, Nkoya and Tumboka.

With high crime rates, the residents are infamous for their theft. But there are a good number of people in town who believe in honest living. Most of the people here are warm hearted and will greet you with a smile. The people are very close to their roots and have a firm belief in their customs and traditions.

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