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Lusaka ( Français: Lusaka, Spanish: Lusaka, Deutsch: Lusaka, Русский: Лусака) - (The) city in Zambia, situated in Lusaka Province region. According to the latest census, the city population is 1267440. Geographical coordinates of Lusaka (WGS84): latitude: 15° 24' 29" S ( -15.4081 ), longitude: 28° 17' 11" E ( 28.2864 ).

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Downtown Lusaka Skyline
Downtown Lusaka Skyline
Lusaka is located in Zambia
Location of Lusaka in Zambia
Lusaka is located in Africa
Lusaka (Africa)
Coordinates: 15°25′S 28°17′E / 15.417°S 28.283°E / -15.417; 28.283
Province Lusaka Province
District Lusaka District
Country Zambia
Established 1905
City status 25 August 1960
 • Mayor of Lusaka Miles Sampa
 • City 418 km (161 sq mi)
1,279 m (4,190 ft)
 • City 1,747,152
 • Metro
Time zone UTC+2 (CAT)
Area code(s) 0211
Climate Cwa
Website http://www.lcc.gov.zm

Lusaka (/lˈsɑːkə/ loo-SAH-kə) is the capital and largest city of Zambia. One of the fastest developing cities in southern Africa, Lusaka is in the southern part of the central plateau at an elevation of about 1,279 metres (4,196 ft). As of 2010, the city's population was about 1.7 million, while the urban population is 2.4 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. English is the official language of the city administration, while Chewa and Bemba are the commonly spoken street languages.


Government House, built for the Governor of Northern Rhodesia

Lusaka was the site of a village named after its Chief Lusaka, which, according to history, was located at Manda Hill, near where the Zambia's National Assembly building now stands. In the Nyanja language, Manda means graveyard. The area was expanded by European (mainly British) settlers in 1905 with the building of the railway.

In 1935, due to its fairly central location, its situation on the railway and at the crossroads of the Great North Road and Great East Road, it was chosen to replace Livingstone as the capital of the British colony of Northern Rhodesia.

After the federation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia in 1953, it was a centre of the independence movement amongst some of the educated elite that led to the creation of the Republic of Zambia. In 1964, Lusaka became the capital of the newly independent Zambia.

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, housing, etc. Consequently, it is thought that with proper and effective economic reforms, Lusaka as well as Zambia as a whole will develop considerably. Lusaka is home to a diverse community of foreign nationals, many of whom work in the aid industry as well as diplomats, representatives of religious organisations and some business people.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1990 769,353 —    
2000 1,084,703 +41.0%
2010 1,747,152 +61.1%
2018 2,526,100 +44.6%

Government and administration

Supreme Court of Zambia

Freedom statue

As the national capital, Lusaka is the seat of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, epitomized by the presence of the National Assembly (parliament), the State House (office of the President), and the High Court. The Parliament is situated at the Parliament complex, which features a 15-story building. The city is also the capital of Lusaka Province, the smallest and most populous of the country's nine provinces, and forms an administrative district run by Lusaka City Council. In 2007, the mayor was Steven Chilatu (PF), and the deputy mayor was Mary Phiri.

List of mayors:

  • F. Payne 1954–55.
  • H. K. Mitchell 1955–56
  • Ralph Rich 1956–57
  • H. F. Tunaley 1957–58
  • H. K. Mitchell 1958–60
  • Jack Fischer 1960–61
  • Richard Sampson 1962–63
  • S. H. Chilesh 1964–65
  • W. Banda 1965–69
  • Fleefort Chirwa 1969–71?
  • Simon C. Mwewa up to 1982

List of Governors (decentralisation – one party participatory era)

  • Simon C. Mwewa 1982 to 1983
  • Donald C. Sadoki
  • Michael Sata
  • Rupiah Banda
  • Bautius Kapulu
  • Lt. Muyoba – up to 1991

List of Mayors – Multi-party era

  • John Chilambwe 1993–94
  • Fisho Mwale 1994–96
  • Gilbert R. Zimba Local Government Administrator – 1996–99
  • Patricia Nawa
  • Patrick Kangwa
  • John Kabungo
  • Levy Mkandawire
  • Stephen Mposha
  • Christine Nakazwe
  • Stephen Chilatu
  • Robert Chikwelete
  • Daniel Chisenga
  • Mulenga Sata
  • Wilson Chisala Kalumba – 2016 – May 2018 (died in office)
  • Miles Sampa – July 2018 – present


University of Zambia Campus

Zambia's largest institution of learning, the University of Zambia, is based in Lusaka.Other universities and colleges located in Lusaka include: University of Lusaka (UNILUS), Zambia Open University (ZAOU), Chainama Hills College, Evelyn Hone College, Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies University (ZCASU), National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Cavendish University, Lusaka Apex Medical University and DMI-St. Eugene University. Lusaka has some of the finest schools in Zambia, including the American International School of Lusaka, Rhodes Park School, the Lusaka International Community School, the French International School, the Italian international School, the Lusaka Islamic Cultural and Educational Foundation (LICEF), the Chinese International School, and Baobab College. Rhodes Park School is not an international school, though there is a large presence of Angolans, Nigerians, Congolese, South Africans, and Chinese. The children of the late President, Levy Mwanawasa as well as the children of Vice-President George Kunda, attend the Rhodes Park School. Other well known schools located in Lusaka include: Matero Boys' Secondary School (MaBoys), Roma Girls' Secondary School, Munali Boys' and Girls' Secondary Schools, Chudleigh House School, Kabulonga Boys' and Girls' Secondary Schools, Lake Road PTA School, David Kaunda Technical School (DK), Ibex Hill School and St. Mary's Secondary School.

Places of worship

Lusaka catholic church

Among the places of worship, they are predominantly Christian churches and temples : Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lusaka (Catholic Church), United Church in Zambia (World Communion of Reformed Churches), Reformed Church in Zambia (World Communion of Reformed Churches), Baptist Fellowship of Zambia (Baptist World Alliance), Assemblies of God. There are also Muslim mosques.


Lusaka National Museum

Attractions include Lusaka National Museum, the Political Museum, the Zintu Community Museum, the Freedom Statue, the Zambian National Assembly, the Agricultural Society Showgrounds (known for their annual agricultural show), the Moore Pottery Factory, the Lusaka Playhouse theatre, two cinema, a cenotaph, a golf club, the Lusaka Central Sports Club, Kalimba Reptile Park, Monkey Pools and the zoo and botanical gardens of the Munda Wanga Environmental Park.


Along Great East Road are three of the largest shopping malls in Zambia: Arcades shopping mall (with open-air storefronts), Eastpark shopping mall and Manda Hill shopping mall (enclosed shops), which was revamped and is home to international stores such as Shoprite, Game and Woolworths, a new movie theatre and many others.

Agricultural Society Show

Lusaka International Airport, main terminal

The city centre includes several blocks west of Cairo Road, around which lie the New City Market and Kamwala Market, a major shopping area, as well as the Zintu Community Museum. Further east lies the government area, including the State House and the various ministries, around Cathedral Hill and Ridgeway neighbourhoods. One of the main streets and points of interest upon business is Cairo Road.



Lusaka is home to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (which is used for both civil and military operations), and it lies on the railway line from Livingstone to Kitwe. There is also Lusaka City Airport, which is used by the Zambian Air Force. The airport is currently undergoing a major expansion and modernisation.


Lusaka Intercity Bus Station

Bus services within Lusaka neighbourhoods, the CBD and towns surrounding Lusaka, such as Siavonga and Chirundu, use the Lusaka City Market Bus station, Inter-city Bus Terminus, Millenium Bus Station and the busiest city bus station, Kulima Tower Station.

Public transport

Intracity public transport is provided primarily by minibuses, but also includes larger buses and shared taxis on fixed routes. Vehicles on most routes travel between specific parts of the city and the four terminals in the central business district (referred to as "Town"): Kulima Tower, City Market, Millennium and Lumumba. There is no official map of public transport routes in Lusaka, but an initiative to create a user-generated content map was begun in 2014. All public transport vehicles in Lusaka are operated by private operators.

Sports infrastructure

National Heroes Stadium.

As the hosts of the 2012 Zone VI Games and the capital city of Zambia, Lusaka boasts extensive sports infrastructure, including Nkholoma Stadium, Sunset Stadium, the Olympic Youth Development Centre, the Lusaka Golf Club and many other places. The city's ultra-modern 60,000 seat stadium, built by China, is named the National Heroes Stadium in memory of the Chipolopolo national team's football players who died in a plane crash off the coast of Gabon in 1993. The stadium was completed by the end of 2013 and since then has hosted an international friendly match between Zambia and Sudan, Zambia's 50th Year Golden Jubilee Celebrations and a Requiem Mass for the late President of Zambia, Michael Sata.

Twin cities – sister towns

Lusaka is twinned with:

Notable residents

Manda Hill

Suburban residential area

The rugby union players Corné Krige and George Gregan, who respectively captained the South African and Australian teams in both the 2002 and 2003 Tri Nations Series, were coincidentally born in the same hospital in Lusaka.

The former Zimbabwe cricketer Henry Olonga was also born in Lusaka. He was the first black cricketer – and the youngest person – to play for Zimbabwe.

Lusaka is the hometown and current place of residence of Joseph and Luka Banda, the first conjoined twins to be successfully separated and in full neurological health.


Primarily due to its high altitude, Lusaka features a humid subtropical climate (Cwa) according to Köppen climate classification. Its coolest month, July, has a monthly mean temperature of 14.9 °C (58.8 °F). Lusaka features hot summers and warm winters, with cold conditions mainly restricted to nights in June and July. The hottest month is October, which sees daily average high temperatures at around 32 °C (90 °F). There are two main seasons: a wet season and a dry season with the dry season lasting around half the year, from April to October.

See also

  • Southern Africa Freedom Trail
  • Kafue Railway Bridge (Railway bridge from Livingstone to Lusaka)
  • Komboni


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External links

  • Lusaka travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Lusaka City Council
  • Zambia Tourism page on Lusaka
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