Lusaka, the capital city, is the gateway to Zambia's destinations and has a range of suburban hotels or nearby private reserves at which to overnight or spend a few days. Guided tours are available to highlight the various aspects of this emerging African city. The markets and friendly Lusaka people are worth encountering.
Lusaka didn't exist until 1930 and was then just a sleepy agricultural centre. It became the capital in 1931 but serious growth didn't occur until the 1960's. The size has tripled since then. The city has been receiving a face-lift over recent years: New shops, fast food outlets and even a multi-million-dollar shopping mall is being built.