Getting Around (Courtesy to Lusaka City Guide)

Charmaine Zulu,

Taxis

Registered taxis will be sky blue and orange and can be found at all the major shopping centres - Manda Hill, Arcades, Levy Junction, and hotels as Taj Pamodzi, Intercontinental and Southern Sun all have official taxi ranks. The vehicles must be as described, to be an official taxi. Generally, these are reasonably safe, but it’s best to stick with the registered taxis even if they are slightly more expensive. The drivers are more reliable and so are the cars and the prices – they should be able to show you their official price chart. Dial-a-cab Offers a reliable service, sending taxis to your address anywhere in Lusaka. Contact: 0966222222 / 0977773937.

Buses does not have any scheduled bus routes and times, but they are extremely frequent and you shouldn’t be left waiting for more than about 10 minutes at peak times of day, though longer during the lulls between rush hours. Note that buses leave when they are full, so make sure you leave with time to spare – you have no control over how long the bus will spend at each stop trying to round up passengers. Try and travel with smaller notes to make your payments easier and check with the bus driver how much the ride will be in advance. Check your destination point. Sometimes in their enthusiasm to get you on the bus, conductors can misunderstand your exact drop off point – in reality you might have to walk when you get there or even take another bus. Note that buses at night can be infrequent and it’s best to take a taxi after dark, unless you’re already familiar with the route. They can also pose a danger to other drivers on the road and many accidents occur.

Intercity Bus Station The terminal is noisy and you should expect to be hassled by hawkers. Buses departing Lusaka only leave the depot when they are full. So, if you are accosted at the entrance of the station and promised a bus is leaving soon for your destination, check with official ticket sellers first and don’t be cajoled into any bus. You could be waiting for hours to leave. Some buses leave, or claim to leave, at set times. The most reliable are Mazhandu, Euro and Power Tools. Also keep an eye on your bag – large bags will be stored in the hold, until the bus is due to leave.

Mazhandu Bus Services Ltd at Intercity bus terminal travels to Monze, Kitwe and Ndola at set times daily. Call for times and other destinations. Contact: 0211224801 / 0966805064. Email: panga@zamnet.zm.

Euro at Intercity bus terminal offer services to Kitwe via Kabwe, Kapiri Mposhi and Ndola. The cost to final destination in Kitwe is K70. Buses leave at certain times so check in advance. Contact: 0977772025.

Intercape has Maputo to Johannesburg, day and night services. Group, corporate, sport and school charters, travelling to and from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. Lusaka/ Johannesburg; Livingstone/Windhoek; Kitwe/Johannesburg. Contact: 0977548468.