(camping, 4 A-frames, 9 chalets, 5-bed cottage) Kafue Rd, PO Box 30370, Lusaka; tel/fax: 01 272351/278110; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lusaka's best campsite is on a private farm within a game area, owned and run since 1992 by Henry and Doreen van Blerk, and all protected by an electric fence. Expect to see the ghostly stripes of zebra by moonlight, or to be woken by antelope at breakfast!
The site is clearly signposted on the eastern side of Kafue Rd, about 10km south of the Independence Av roundabout. For campers, there's an extensive area of beautiful lawn under trees, with electric hook-ups available. There are also a number of simple thatched A-frame chalets, each with 2 or 3 beds, whose occupants share well-kept toilets and showers with the campers. For more privacy, get one of the 2- or 3-bed chalets, each with en-suite shower and toilet. There's also a 5-bed cottage with toilet and shower. Chalets are worth booking in advance, if possible.
Most people bring their own food and cook on one of the outside barbecues, but breakfast, good burgers and pies are available from a thatched bar that is central to the campground, and they'll sell you fresh meat for the braai (wood and charcoal are available too). Here you'll also find easy chairs, a dartboard and pool table and DStv. In the grounds, a fenced swimming pool and a volleyball court offer more active pastimes.
Eureka has maintained its position as the city's best place for budget travellers. If you don't have a vehicle, get here from town by going to Kulima Tower bus stop (on south side of Lusaka on Freedom Way between Katunjila Rd and Ben Bella Rd) and taking the Chilanga bus. Ask to be dropped at Eureka; the fare is about Kw1,800. Similarly, picking up lifts from minibuses heading into town is fairly easy, by just waiting outside the gates; the fare is roughly the same. A taxi from the centre of town will cost about US$5–7/Kw25,000–35,000 per person.