Home to about a tenth of Zambia’s population, Lusaka is a bustling city centre and very much a business and travel hub. It is Zambia's capital and the largest city in the country.
All the main shops and banks are here as you would imagine but most travellers simply connect at the airport to the national parks or Livingstone.
There are several hotels near Lusaka airport and a modern shopping mall at Manda Hills offers everything from banks and post office to internet connection and bars.
If you do spend a few days here there are some museums and markets worth a visit and some good craft centres.
Time: GMT +2 hours
Flights from Europe to Lusaka take about 10 hours. Lusaka International Airport is about 25km from the city centre (about 30 minutes transfer).
Language: Zambia's official language is English, but outside of the cities few people speak it.
Visas are required for most nationalities, although a waiver can normally be organized in advance for British citizens.
This is a malarial country.