All roads lead to Lusaka, the geographic, commercial and metaphorical heart of the country. However, Zambia's capital and largest urban zone, with its mishmash of dusty tree-lined streets, bustling African markets, Soviet-looking high-rise blocks and modern commerce, doesn't easily justify exploration by the casual visitor. There are no real attractions, grand monuments to drool over or historical treasures to unearth. Lusaka, like the rest of the country, is not well-equipped for independent tourism and you’ll likely find more travellers in Zambia who, besides a short stopover in its airport, have bypassed the city. However, for some, the city's genuine African feel, cosmopolitan populace, quality restaurants and accommodation – at least as far as top-end hotels go – is reason enough to spend a night or two. If you feel like letting loose, expat bars and the home-grown nightclub scene will see you through to the wee hours.