Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, is one of the fastest developing cities in Southern Africa. Lusaka offers tourists spectacular views, safe and friendly streets, and plenty of natural wonders to admire. It makes a wonderful base for an exploration of Zambia’s vibrant culture, landscape and wildlife.
Read on to discover some wild day trips from Lusaka.
Chaminuka Game Reserve
Chaminuka Nature Reserve makes for a fantastic day trip from Lusaka, as it is only a 20 minute drive from Lusaka International Airport.
The Chaminuka Nature Reserve was the first private Wildlife Park in Zambia, and over the years has become a home to many species of animal.
More than 72 species of wildlife can be found in the park, including elephant, giraffe, spotted hyena, warthog, lion, zebra, as well as puku and kafue lechwe, animals unique to Zambia. Chaminuka is also a great destination for bird watchers, with more than 300 species of birdlife having been spotted in the area.
A day trip can take in game drive with a qualified ranger in open top 4 wheel drive Safari vehicle, bush walks, a horseback safari, bird watching, or even a Walking Cheetah Experience. Day trip guests also have use of the Chaminuka facilities, including the swimming pool and tennis court, and can enjoy a buffet lunch and beverages.
Kabwata Cultural Village
Encounter traditional Zambian art and craft with a trip to Kabwata Cultural Village, on the city outskirts. Craft makers and artisans come from across Zambia to showcase their skills, and visitors can purchase objects to take home. At the village’s thatch-roofed huts, you can meet artisans as they create sculptures, drums, fabric, baskets, masks and more, and buy food at the village restaurant.
After spending time at Kabwata Cultural Village, make sure to visit nearby Kalimba Reptile Park. Kalimba Reptile Park gives visitors the chance to meet Zambia’s native species of lizards, snakes and crocodiles along with other reptiles, from big Nile crocodiles to tortoises. The park has a picnic area and also sells hot food.
Round off a day trip to this area with a stop at Lusaka National Museum, Zambia’s premier institute for national art and culture, which houses collections related to history, contemporary art, witchcraft and ethnography.
15km south of Lusaka is Munda Wang Environmental Park, a great place for a family day trip from Lusaka.
Originally a private garden, Munda Wanga is now home to an Environmental Education Centre, a Wildlife Park and Sanctuary and a Botanical Garden, all open to members of the public of all ages. More than 45 species of animal can be found in the Wildlife Park and Sanctuary. Some species are residents to Zambia, and others have been rescued from poachers or the illegal pet trade. Many of the animals are rehabilitated and released back to the wild.
Visitors can book a tour of the Botanical Gardens, which house a mixture of native and exotic plants. A Recreational Village on site allows visitors to relax with food and drink from the bar and restaurant, take part in games and activities, and enjoy a dip in a swimming pool.
Where to Stay
After a wild day trip, unwind in style at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka. Conveniently situated in the attractive commercial district and close to the airport and city centre, our modern hotel offers tasty food and drink at Filini Restaurant & Bar, a refreshing outdoor pool, and a fitness centre.
Our hotel makes a great starting point for more trips to attractions near Lusaka, like the Lower Zambezi National Park, Lake Kariba, and Parays Game Ranch.
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