Lusaka's Top Tourist Attractions
Munda Wanga Environmental Park is a rescue centre of sorts, with a variety of animals, including rarely seen pangolins and owls used for black magic. The park is shabby in parts with slightly dilapidated enclosures, but the animals seem well cared for. While it’s a great spot for local families, for tourists you’re best to head into the national parks for all your wildlife viewing. The feeding of the animals, at 2pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, is a popular time to visit.
Its lovely botanical gardens, with nearly 500 species of plants, is one of the few places in the city suitable for a picnic.
Munda Wanga is about 16km south of central Lusaka and accessible by any minibus heading towards Chilanga or Kafue from the Kalima Towers Bus Station or South End Roundabout (near the downtown Spar supermarket).
This big square box of a building resembling a Soviet-era Moscow ministry has upstairs galleries displaying exhibits on urban culture and Zambian history as well cultural, ethnographic and archaeological displays. Contemporary Zambian paintings and sculpture are shown downstairs.
The museum collection is preserved in storage rooms, while other heritage objects are displayed in two galleries on the ground and upper floors of the museum building.
The lower gallery is home to contemporary art, highlighting the way of life of the Zambian people through paintings, sculptures and models. The upper gallery tells a glowing story of Zambia’s development, from ancient through historic past to contemporary way of life. The children’s corner is yet another display attraction on the upper floor.
Kalimba Reptile Park is an ideal place for a family outing, group excursion or school trips. All the fun is just half an hours drive from the city of Lusaka.
Kalimba Reptile Park is Part of the Kalimba Farms. Crocodile farming is one of the farms specialties and this is where Kalimba Reptile Park draws its resources. The Park is open all year round from 09:00 till 18:00 hrs daily.
A visit to Kalimba affords you the opportunity to get a closer look at one of the most ferocious and one of the largest reptiles, the giant Nile crocodile.he farm shop stocks freshly farm produced foods like fish, pork, chops, bream, croctail, sausages and beef. Also available are soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Kalimba Park has an excellent atmosphere for relaxation, fun and excitement. It gives a good learning experience to kids.
Kabwata Cultural Village is found on Burma Road, west of Jacaranda road in Lusaka.
This Cultural Centre in Lusaka is the place where you can buy cheaper hand-carved crafts and curios. In addition to buying hand-carved crafts, you can also enjoy traditional performances held on Sundays in winter.
It is now a Zambian national monument, showing you how life was like in colonial times. Yes, it will give you the feel of village life in colonial times.
The village consists of huts which were built in the 1930s and 1940s by the colonial government. The purpose was to house Lusaka labour force. The huts housed single men whose families were left in villages.
Later on in the 1970s the government demolished most of the huts and constructed flats nearby.
The idea of seeing a rhino in the wild just 15km from the capital seems absurd, but this new national park (opened in 2015) allows you to do just that. Set over 46 sq km, it’s home to eland, zebra, giraffe and wildebeest, among others. But it’s the white rhino that brings people here. While you’ll be able to tick it off from the list of Big Five, most likely you’ll see them in their holding pen, so it can feel more like a zoo than national park.
Imported from South Africa, the rhino are dehorned for anti-poaching purposes and guarded 24 hours a day. They spend most of the time roaming, but are fed in their pen – so it’s a good idea to call ahead to ensure you see them. All up it’s a nice retreat from town, but with the nearby power station at the park’s entry, it’s not the most pristine of locations.This small park spans 6,715 hectares or 67.15 km².The park offers activities such as camping, walking safaris and bicycle trails.
The tourism sector contributes about 16 percent to Zambia’s export earnings and 6.5 percent of GDP. The sector contributes nearly 10 percent of formal employment. These statistics indicate that the tourism sector is not fully exploited especially in the area of hotels and safari lodges and therefore there is room for more investment in this sector. Modern accommodation facilities within the game management catchment areas are non-existent in certain parks such as the Lower Zambezi, Blue Lagoons and Chiawa areas.