Lusaka is the largest city and capital of Zambia, and considered one of the fastest developing cities in Southern Africa. It is the centre of both commerce and government in Zambia and connects to the four main highways heading north, south, east and west. English is the official language of the city, but Nyanja and Bemba are also common
Attractions include Lusaka National Museum, the Political Museum, the Zintu Community Museum, the Freedom Statue, the Zambia National Assembly, the Agricultural Society Show grounds (known for their annual agricultural show), the Moore Pottery Factory, the Lusaka Playhouse theatre, a cinema, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in, a cenotaph, a golf club, the Lusaka Central Sports Club, and the zoo and botanical gardens of the Munda Wanga Environment Park. The city is also home of the University of Zambia. Along the Great East Road are the two largest shopping malls in Zambia, Arcades shopping mall and Manda Hill shopping.
The most appealing factor to many who have made Lusaka their home is the superb climate – warm sunny summers, interspersed with cooling thunderstorms and mild winters with loads of sunshine. It can get very hot between October and March if there’s no rain. The average rainfall, between November and April, is about 950mm.
Lusaka is close to the centre of Zambia between the eastern and western bulges. All major routes to the east, west, north and south flow through the city. Lusaka International Airport, which is 14km from the city centre, receives most international flights.