Lusaka National Park
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
Lilayi Elephant Nursery
On the southern outskirts of town is this elephant nursery set up by Game Rangers International (a Zambian conservationist NGO), which works with rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants in Kafue National Park
Lusaka National Museum
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.
Featuring the impressive private collection of businessman and patron of the arts John Kapotwe, Namwandwe is hands-down the best in the country for contemporary Zambian art.
Lusaka City Market
Fronted by the chaotic and congested eponymously named bus station, as well as a veritable Maginot Line of sidewalk vendors, reaching the entrance to the Lusaka City Market is an achievement in and of itself.
Gallery in Lusaka
Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre
A lovely space exhibiting quality contemporary works by local artists, and all are for sale.
Zoo in Lusaka
Munda Wanga Environmental Park
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 Freedom Statue, around the corner from the Lusaka National Museum, is dedicated to freedom fighters and those who lost their lives in the struggle for Zambia’s independence. The depiction of a man breaking his chains symbolises the country’s break with colonial bondage and was erected to celebrate Zambia’s independence in 1964.