Lusaka, in Lusaka Province, is the capital of Zambia. It is a cosmopolitan city that is home to approximately one in ten Zambians. For a city of its size, Lusaka has relatively few attractions, and most visitors do not spend much time here unless they have friends or business in the capital.The residents of Lusaka come from all of Zambia’s 70 or so tribes, and there are also small communities of Asians and Europeans. These different ethnic groups mostly get along extremely well together. The language of education and commerce is English, while the lingua franca on the street is ‘Town Nyanja’. This language is a variant of the Nyanja spoken in Eastern Province (and neighbouring Malawi, where it is known as Chewa), but it is heavily mixed with expressions from other local languages and from English. Be warned that turning up in Lusaka speaking Nyanja/Chewa learned from books is like turning up in England speaking English learned from Shakespeare.Gone are the days when getting to Lusaka meant flying via Johannesburg. Emirates are offering low cost connections via its middle east base alongside a much expanded Ethiopian network. Also Air Namibia also now offer low cost connections from Cape Town via Windhoek.Lusaka remains well-served by flights from Johannesburg, Cairo, Dubai, Nairobi, Lilongwe and Addis Ababa. Emirates connects Lusaka with Dubai several times a week since 2012. South African Airways fly to Lusaka from Johannesburg with multiple flights per day, EgyptAir from Cairo, Kenya Airways from Nairobi and Ethiopian Airlines from Addis fly daily. Besides, air viva offers flights from 9 domestic cities. (NB: in Johannesburg the airlines have no control over baggage in transit and the airport’s baggage concessionnaire is exempt from responsibility by contract, so lost and especially pilfered baggage can be an issue.) Various other African airlines serve Lusaka. In December 1994, Zambia Airways went into liquidation, and Zambian Airways (former Mine Air Services) ceased operation in early 2009. Zambezi Airlines ceased operations in late 2011. Pro-Flight traditionally has specialized in serving tourist game lodges rather than trunk intercity flights, though this seems to be changing.With effect from 15 July 2009, all Zambian airlines have been refused permission to operate services to the EU. This decision, by the EU Air Safety Committee, followed an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) audit of Zambia, which discovered significant shortcomings in the ability of the Zambian civil aviation authorities to ensure the safe operation of airlines licensed by them. The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends against flying with any Zambian-based airline if a reasonable alternative exists.International airlines that are represented in Lusaka include:For domestic flights, there are various airlines, indluding Airwaves, Avocet Air Charters, Stabo Air Charters, Staravia and Ngwazi Air Charters .Lusaka International Airport (LUN) is well-signposted and is situated 25km from the centre, off Great East Road. There is no public transportation at the airport, and a taxi to/from downtown costs K150,000. Going to the airport, however, it is possible to take a minibus (K4,000, 30min with stops) from along Great East Road to the taxi rank on Palm Road in Chelston. Ask to get off at the “(Water) Tank”. From there, it is possible to negotiate a taxi fare to the airport for around K50,000 (15min).Since it is the commercial center and governmental seat of Zambia, all the arterial roads lead to Lusaka. Buses run between Livingstone and Kitwe. Operators of this route regularly change, so ask locally before you travel. Currently, Mazhandu is the most reliable option.BusesFor buses within Zambia, to and from Lusaka, Mazhandu Family Bus Service [27] is widely considered to be the best, most reliable line, by both locals and expatriates. Buses leave from Inter-City terminal, near downtown Lusaka. Prices may be slightly higher than the competitors, but they always run true to schedule, have a large fleet of buses with extras to be called into service in case of a break down, make stops at well-lit areas with decent bathrooms, tag your bags for you, and have courteous bus attendants. The owner is almost always around, making sure everything goes smoothly.There are 7 buses a day between Lusaka and Livingstone, including the overnight bus. Several buses are “business class” with wider seats and greater legroom for Kwacha 10,000 more.InterCape, one of the main long distance bus operators in South Africa, now offers services from Johannesburg Park Station to Zambia via Zimbabwe. Stops in Zambia include Livingstone, Choma, Monze, Lusaka, Kabwe, Ndola, Kitwe and Kasumbalesa. It is a long journey, however the coaches are very comfortable and their safety record is excellent. www.intercape.co.zaKob’s Coach runs two buses a week from Lilongwe in Malawi to Lusaka, leaving their office in Lilongwe’s Old Town Tu/F 06:00. On other days, one must first take a minibus to the border town of Mchinji (2-3hr, 1,700 MWK), a shared taxi to the border (30min, 500 MWK), another taxi to Chipata, and then a bus to Lusaka. Buses leave Chipata for Lusaka at 05:00, 05:30, 08:00, 10:00 and 14:00 (8hr, K130). It is hence possible, albeit tight, to make it from Lilongwe to Lusaka in a day, with much dependent on how long each shared vehicle takes to fill up.Few travellers use Zambia’s ordinary trains for transport, but if you have a lot of patience, try them. Lines link Lusaka with Livingstone and the Copperbelt in the north. Express trains to Livingstone leave at 19.30 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and take about 12 hours. Slower trains, which stop even more frequently, leave every morning.Minibuses are ubiquitous, cheap, and fast. For a few kwacha, you can get into or out of town easily – though travel around the edges of the city or away from main roads is difficult by bus. Bus routes are not posted, and a novice may get lost. Do not be afraid to ask a conductor where he’s headed. Minibuses do run into the evenings, but become decreasingly frequent at the evening wears on. Fares are theoretically standardised and depend on the route, but in practice, pleading locals may get away with less than the official fare on short routes, while visitors are occasionally overcharged. The conductor may give you change, but it’s sensible not to hand over more than what you think the fare should be / what you see your fellow passengers paying. At busy times passengers are jammed in tightly, particularly in the smaller buses: larger buses are less uncomfortable but slightly more expensive (though to most visitors the price difference is trivial).For the uninitiated, a taxi might be a better option, at least initially. Taxis come in two colours – sky blue, and a light grey, and are usually Toyota Corollas. There are no meters in Zambia’s taxis, so prices are somewhat negotiable but always on the high side for Africa. Be sure to set a price before getting in the cab. (Tip: Ask at a hotel lobby how much your trip should cost. If the cab driver states a higher price, mention that you’re happy to ride a mini-bus. Watch the price drop.)Take down a taxi driver’s mobile number, most will be happy to do an all day deal, wait for you while you explore, pick you up early or late and take you to and from the airport.Walking is an option as distances are not that large, and there are a fair number of street names to help orientate yourself. However walking at night does have its hazards – manhole covers are not Lusaka’s strong point and there are many uncovered drains that could swallow you whole, hence a torch is a good idea – and drivers seem allergic to moving over for pedestrians walking on the road – so best to stick to the dirt paths at the side of the roads (these are more common than pavements / sidewalks).Like in most fast-growing African cities, traffic is atrocious – avoid going in and out of the city centre by any route during rush hour, if you can. Increasingly slow traffic does at least help reduce the awful death rate on Lusaka’s roads. Better enforcement of drink-driving laws would reduce it considerably more.Lusaka unfortunately isn’t a city of sights. There isn’t much of a city center, aside from Cairo Rd serving as the hub of business activity. Locals mostly stick to the new malls and wait until evening when there is plenty of nightlife.Wakmaf Bus Services (Max Katyamba), Lusaka, Zambia, ˜Ž 260 977-417331, [1]. Maxwell Katyamba has worked for World Vision for 13 years and has now decided to start his own business. Wakmaf Bus Services can accomodate from 1-7 people or up to 29 people for larger groups. Max has driven me across Zambia in August 2011 and will do so again in 2012′ I would highly recommend him if you need a reliable, safe, friendly driver or need to accommodate a large group. Thank you for your time. Joanne Hutchinson Toronto, Canada Wakmaf Bus Services Maxwell Katyamba [email protected]  editNew restaurants are opening constantly in Lusaka, with some top end, well priced choices available and lots of quick bites. The three major malls – Manda Hill, Arcades, and Levy Junction – all have a wide selection of fast food and sit down options. Chindo Road is the closest thing that Lusaka has to a restaurant strip.The little €œAbbeyfresh Restaurant€ is one of the best lunch places in Lusaka: fresh fish, meat and vegetables, cheap prices (around 20 kwacha for a complete meal), and very quick and friendly service. It€™s in on Katondo Street between Cairo Rd and the city market, on the South side in the building marked €œYalelo€.South AsianEast AsianUpmarketOtherLusaka has many Western-styled bars (e.g., Brown’s and McGinty’s, mainly used by tourists, and ex-pats). Zambians love to drink

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