Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. One of the fastest-developing cities in Southern Africa, Lusaka is located in the southern part of the central plateau at an elevation of about 1,300 metres (4,265 feet). As of 2010, the city’s population is about 1.7 million. Lusaka is the centre of both commerce and government in Zambia and connects to the country’s four main highways heading north, south, east and west.
In recent years, Lusaka has become a popular urban settlement for Zambians and tourists alike. Its central nature and fast growing infrastructure sector have increased donor confidence and as such Zambians are seeing signs of development in the form of job creation and housing.
Primarily due to its high altitude, Lusaka features a humid subtropical climate. Lusaka features a hot and wet season and a colder dry season with the wet season predominating the year, lasting from October through to April.
The city is home to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, formerly known as Lusaka International Airport and lies on the railway line from Livingstone to Kitwe.
Attractions within the city include the Lusaka National Museum, the Freedom Statue, the Zambian National Assembly, the Agricultural Society Showground’s, the Lusaka Playhouse theatre, three cinemas, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka and two golf clubs. There are also several large shopping malls and African Markets. Over the years the selection of restaurants has increased with a choice of Indian, Thai, Greek, Continental, Fish and Chinese being offered as well as Steakhouses and cafes. There is a good array of lodges and hotels from Five Star through to back packer’s lodges.