Cheap Flights to Lusaka, Zambia
Previously known as Lusaka International Airport, LUN was renamed after the country’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda. The airport has limited shopping facilities but does offer food and beverage outlets, ATM machines, currency exchange, a business centre and car rentals that include Avis Zambia and Europcar. The airport is 19.06km from the city, taking around 12 minutes by car.
Travellers can take flights to LUN from Johannesburg with the following airlines:
- Kenya – one stop
- Ethiopian – two stops
- South African Airways – non-stop
- RwandAir – non-stop
The following airlines and others touch down at LUN:
- Air India
- Air Namibia
- China Southern Airlines
- Proflight Zambia
Popular Flights to Zambia
Facts about Lusaka, Zambia
- Area City : 360 km² (140 sq mi)
- Area Codes : 0211
- Currency : Zambian kwacha (ZMK)
- Population City : 2,198,996
- Official Language : Nyanja, English
- Time Zone : SAST (UTC+2)
- Airport : Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)
Reasons to Visit Lusaka, Zambia:
- Lusaka, one of southern Africa’s fastest developing cities is a sprawling metropolis that’s the country’s capital and largest city. Don’t be fooled, Lusaka has plenty to offer visitors, besides being utilised as a base to travel further afield, either by vehicle or plane for an unsurpassed safari experience of Africa’s wildlife and spectacular natural beauty.
- During the 18th century the country became a protectorate of the British Empire opening doors for Western missionaries, traders and explorers. The first European to sight the majestic Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River in 1855 was David Livingstone, naming the falls in honor of Queen Victoria.
- Available hotel accommodation includes well-known brands such as Best Western, Radisson Blu, Protea and more as well as a good range of comfortable affordable hotel establishments. Additionally there’s a fabulous selection of lodges, camping parks and for travelers watching their pockets, great backpacker facilities.
- Lusaka has a number of excellent eateries where visitors and locals enjoy scrumptious meals comprising superb steaks, Italian or local cuisine. For that cold beer or drink pop into a Keg&Lion sports bar or the Irish pub OHagans. The rooftop Sky Bar located at Foxdale Court Shopping Centre has the younger crowd dancing away the night to R&B and hip hop.
When to Visit Lusaka, Zambia:
The best weather conditions are from April through to November with September, October and November being the hottest months. April averages temperatures of around 25°C at midday with approximately 9 days of rain. June and July afford midday highs of around 22°C. From August to October temperatures are generally around 33°C with November around 31°C and 135mm rainfall.
Places to Visit Lusaka, Zambia:
- Located in Chilanga, Munda Wanga Environmental Park was established in 1950. Its wildlife sanctuary is home to many animals that were thankfully rescued from dire situations. The Botanical Gardens has over 1000 species of plants that include a 60-year-old cork oak and great for birders. It has a world class Environment Education Centre that caters to more than 40,000 children and teachers annually. The Recreational Village is perfect for families and a day’s fun with sports, a pool and water slide, delicious lunches are served on the terrace and it also hosts music festivals, exhibitions and birthday parties. There is special access and support for visitors with disabilities.
- Just 12km south of Lusaka, Lilayi Elephant Nursery is an Elephant Orphanage Project well worth supporting, where your heart will melt as you watch these precious elephant orphans being fed, frolicking with each other in the mud and wondering around their enclosure. The project, started by Game Rangers International in 2007, offers sanctuary to defenceless and abandoned elephant calves who are well cared for by exceptional highly trained keepers that ceaselessly watch over them. Truly an experience one never forgets. Simply turn down Lilayi Road and look out for the signs. Opening times are every day from 11h30 to 13h00 with free admission for children under 12 years.
- The Kalimba Reptile Park situated in Ngwerere is the place to experience giant Nile crocodiles and one of the few places around to globe to view the bashful slender-nosed crocodile. It’s also home to tortoises, indigenous snakes and other reptiles. Families can spend the whole day fishing at ponds and hire everything needed for their fishing event and hopefully enjoy eating their catch on a braai. Fish caught are weighed at reception where they must be paid for. It’s a popular venue for school children and groups.
- Well worth a visit is Lusaka National Park located approximately 30km from the city that opened in 2015. The park comprises an area of 6,715 hectares making it the countrys smallest and newest national park. Visitors have over 1,000 species to view that include white rhino, eland, giraffe, sable, kudu, zebra, blue wilderbeest, black lechwe, impala and more! There are bicycle trails, walking safaris and camping facilities available.
- The Lusaka National Museum located on Independence Avenue articulates Zambia in four sectors; history, witchcraft, ethnography and contemporary art. View contemporary ceramics, sculptures and painting by artists from 1964 to date on the ground floor and cultural and historical artefacts on the upper floor. Most interesting is the witchcraft display where visitors will glean much of Zambian life that not often talked about.
- Deemed as Zambias Riveira, the spectacular Lake Kariba is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and is the world’s biggest man-made lake and reservoir (by volume) with a width of 40km and length of 220km. It affords absolute relaxation with splendid sunsets, water sports, outstanding fishing and boating opportunities along with fine sunny weather. Spend a few marvellous unforgettable days on a houseboat, a lodge on the river bank, a self-catering chalet or rough it camping. Take a pleasurable two and half hour drive from Lusaka to Siavonga, passing through the beautiful Zambezi Rift Valley, then take the T2 to Chirundu and turn right onto the M15.
- A popular pub for visitors and locals is the open-air shack, Bongwe Pub & Grill.
- If youre still left with time, visit the Freedom Statue, the Presidential Burial Site National Monument, Namwandwe Gallery and the Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre.
Getting Around Lusaka:
Public transport comprises minibuses that are usually packed and used mostly by the poorer communities for travel between the city and suburbs. There are a variety of routes that can be ascertained from the unofficial terminus in Chachacha Road. They are cheap and ideal for travelling to places further afield or to reach main roads for a good hitch-hiking spot. Theyll only stop when flagged down if theyre not full.
Visitors can take buses to the towns of Chirundu and Siavonga with the Lusaka City Market Bus.
Rentals available in the city include Avis, Europcar, City Drive Rent A Car, Caribuni Investments Ltd, Voyagers/Imperial, Zungulila Zambia, Juls Car Hire and more. It’s not a good idea to park your car on the street, unless you have someone watching it, rather park it in a secure private car park. It’s not recommended to drive around the city at night, where vehicles are known to drive without lights (especially on a full moon) and people sleep on the warm tarmac, particularly on the Great North Road.
No taxis are metered. Licensed taxis have numbers painted on their doors and are light blue and white in colour. They can be hailed down on the street or located at taxi ranks, close to primary hotels and markets. Always confirm the amount prior to getting into the vehicle or request a rate-sheet that provides standard fares for common trips and waiting times. For whole-day trips hire a taxi and driver but reiterate payment either per kilometre or per hour remembering to record the time or mileage. Be aware of unofficial taxis, usually run-down Toyota Corollas.