Where to stay
There is little to choose between Lusaka's international-standard hotels – which are functional and efficient, if often soulless. You might ask yourself if you need to be near the centre, or can afford to stay beyond the suburbs, at somewhere like Lilayi, Chisamba or even Lechwe Lodge. These are more pleasant than being in town, but transport can be a costly issue.
Those on a budget should choose their lodgings with care. Price is often a poor guide and the quality of the budget hotels varies considerably. Ask around if you can, as new places are opening all the time. If your budget is very tight then head for a backpackers' dorm or a camping site. Lusaka's cheap hostels are often seedy.
A warning: if you plan to make international phone calls from any hotel, find out their charges first. Bills can run into hundreds of dollars for just a few minutes. An international calling card, organised outside Zambia and billed abroad, is usually a much cheaper alternative – though some of these are blocked by the exchanges.