It is often said, "all roads lead to Lusaka", as it is the geographic, commercial and heart of Zambia. Lusaka is the nation's capital and the largest urban zone cloaked in dusty tree-lined streets, hustling African markets and outdated high-rise blocks of modern commerce swarming with banks from everywhere you can think of. It is more a city where layovers happen in between safaris and for those wishing to get some work done in between chasing elephants. Coworking is appearing on the scene.
Lusaka has a definite African air about it with a cosmopolitan feel. You will find quality restaurants, expat bars to hang out in and some amazing accommodation catering to all budgets. There are no grand museums to shuffle around or historical treasures to set your mind aflutter, but you can invade the Lusaka City Market to check out the local goodies, take in the Munda Wanga Environmental Park and wildlife sanctuary or hover protectively over the orphaned elephants at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery.
As with the rest of Africa, the tech scene has hit Lusaka, as they have their own form of UBER named "ULENDO", a locally built digital taxi platform. Beneath Lusaka's low-key surface there is a burgeoning tech scene with many tech solutions being copied from other places. It does however lag behind Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg, but it is happening. Startup accelerator programs and coworking spaces are beginning to multiply to cater to not just the local intrepid souls, but to accommodate the high number of NGOs and CEOs who frequently linger in the town as pseudo locals.
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