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AISL is located on the outskirts of a thriving city in a beautiful part of the world. Zambia is full of natural beauty and is rich in culture. Below is some information about Lusaka and our host country of Zambia. 

Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. One of the fastest-­‚Äźdeveloping cities in Southern Africa, Lusaka is located in the southern part of the central plateau at an elevation of about 1,300 metres (4,265 feet). As of 2010, the city's population is about 1.7 million. Lusaka is the centre of both commerce and government in Zambia. Zambia has experienced political stability for the past two decades. English is the official language of the city, but Nyanja, and Bemba are also common. (Wikipedia)

If you’re out to experience the ‘real’ Africa, Zambia is that diamond in the rough. The country boasts some of the continent’s best safari parks, and shares (with Zimbabwe) some of the region’s major highlights: Victoria Falls in Southwestern Zambia, Lake Kariba as well as Lower Zambezi National Park in Southeastern Zambia. It is also an angler’s dream, as fishermen hail from all over the world to try their luck on the mighty Zambezi River with the hopes of landing a toothy tigerfish or the rare, giant vundu. Avid birders also flock to Zambia to glimpse its fabulous diversity of birds, most notably Chaplin’s barbets. (Lonely Planet)

Zambia has three definable seasons: cool and dry from May to August, hot and dry from September to November, and warm and wet during the rainy season from December to April. Average rainfall is 32cm and temperatures vary between 32 and 10 degrees C (90 and 50 degrees F). In the cool season the nights are often chilly enough for a jacket. The high altitude (1,000 – 1,350 metres above sea level) tempers the humidity so that the climate is very pleasant.

In all of its natural beauty, Lusaka, Zambia is still a part of the developing world and with that comes challenges. Be prepared for occasional power cuts and/or surges, an inconsistent Internet connection, things not always working, instances of petty theft, and a slower pace of life.

Quality primary health care is readily accessible in Lusaka with memberships to a few local international standard clinics available. 

A Video
Below is video highlighting the unique physical and cultural features of Zambia.  

 

Useful Websites
Below are links to a few helpful websites to help you get acquainted with Zambia.  

Lonely Planet (Zambia)
Real Post Reports 
Brandt Guide – Zambia
Zambia National Tourist Board
The National Homepage of Zambia

News and Magazines on-line

Times of Zambia (Daily)
The Post (Daily)
The Lowdown (monthly)

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