Must see attractions in Lusaka

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    Lusaka National Museum

    This big square box of a building resembling a Soviet-era Moscow ministry has upstairs galleries displaying exhibits on urban culture and Zambian history as well cultural, ethnographic and archaeological displays. Contemporary Zambian paintings and sculpture are shown downstairs.

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    Lusaka National Park

    The idea of seeing a rhino in the wild just 15km from the capital seems absurd, but this new national park (opened in 2015) allows you to do just that. Set over 46 sq km, it's home to eland, zebra, giraffe and wildebeest, among others. But it's the white rhino that brings people here. While you'll be able to tick it off from the list of Big Five, most likely you'll see them in their holding pen, so it can feel more like a zoo than national park.

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    Presidential Burial Site National Monument

    This mausoleum is where the late Zambian presidents Levy Patrick Mwanawasa (1948–2008), Frederick Chiluba (1943–2011) and Michael Sata (1937–2014) are buried. Remarkably both Mwanawasa and Sata died while in office; the latter's tomb will be completed in 2018. It's an interesting enough sight, but the US$15 entry is a bit steep, though does include a guided tour.

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    Namwandwe Gallery

    Featuring the impressive private collection of businessman and patron of the arts John Kapotwe, Namwandwe is hands-down the best in the country for contemporary Zambian art. The gallery space is within his private home (an attraction in itself) and features paintings, sculptures, masks and fabrics by both established and up-and-coming artists. It's located 15km southeast of the city centre.

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    Lilayi Elephant Nursery

    On the southern outskirts of town is this elephant nursery set up by Game Rangers International (a Zambian conservationist NGO), which works with rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants in Kafue National Park. You can see them being fed from 11am to 1.30pm daily; Monday is free entry. You can also do wildlife drives on its 650-hectare property. There's a lovely restaurant and lodge where, if you're staying, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the elephants.

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    Lusaka City Market

    Fronted by the chaotic and congested eponymously named bus station, as well as a veritable Maginot Line of sidewalk vendors, reaching the entrance to the Lusaka City Market is an achievement in and of itself. Unfortunately, while large, lively and packed to the rafters, the clothing and housewares sold in the warren of stalls aren't of much interest to the average traveller.

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    Munda Wanga Environmental Park

    Munda Wanga Environmental Park is a rescue centre of sorts, with a variety of animals, including rarely seen pangolins and owls used for black magic. The park is shabby in parts with slightly dilapidated enclosures, but the animals seem well cared for. While it's a great spot for local families, for tourists you're best to head into the national parks for all your wildlife viewing. The feeding of the animals, at 2pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, is a popular time to visit.

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    Freedom Statue

    The Freedom Statue, around the corner from the Lusaka National Museum, is dedicated to freedom fighters and those who lost their lives in the struggle for Zambia’s independence. The depiction of a man breaking his chains symbolises the country’s break with colonial bondage and was erected to celebrate Zambia’s independence in 1964. It’s a popular place for Africa Freedom Day celebrations (25 May).