This dusty and bedraggled border town is on the main road between Lusaka and Harare. The only reason to stay here is if you’re going on to Zimbabwe or planning to explore the Lower Zambezi National Park. Other than a few shops and bars, as well as a Barclays Bank with ATM and a number of moneychangers, there's little else to note. What’s more, the roads are permanently clogged with snaking queues of heavy-duty trucks, all heading for, or coming from, the Zimbabwean border.
That said, west of town, near the Siavonga turn-off, is the Fossil Forest. From a sign on the main road, paths lead through the bush. At first, things are pretty uninspiring, but further in huge trunks of petrified trees are visible, complete with age rings and grains of bark now preserved as stone.