Interesting Facts

  • Copper has been mined in Zambia for almost 2,000 years
  • In 2010, the World Bank named Zambia one of the world's fastest economically reformed countries.
  • Zambia’s first capital was Livingstone.
  • Victoria Falls, which borders Zambia and Zimbabwe, was originally called “Musi-o-Tunyi”. Translated, this means “the smoke that thunders”.

Key Market Alerts

  • Rentals in Lusaka are paid quarterly, in advance.
  • Leases are typically one year, with an option to renew. If the lease is longer than one year, it must be registered against the property’s title deed.
  • A withholding tax applies to rentals in Zambia.
  • Malaria is prevalent throughout Zambia.

An Overview of Zambia

Driven by the country’s bustling mining sector, economic growth has been robust. Zambia’s major exports are copper, cobalt and tobacco.

Zambia is bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola. The capital city is Lusaka, in the south-central part of Zambia. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest, the core economic hubs of the country.

Living in Lusaka

While the cost of living in Lusaka is low-to-moderate, imported goods are expensive. This is largely because the country is landlocked and transport costs are higher. Lusaka is particularly appealing to expatriates who are interested in exploring Zambia’s abundance of wildlife and natural beauty. Lusaka’s roads are busy and fairly congested during peak hours. The roads and infrastructure are poor in parts and it is recommended that expatriates use four wheel drive vehicles.

Housing in Lusaka

Types of housing on offer in Lusaka include apartments, cluster-style developments and stand-alone houses. Apartments usually have 3 bedrooms – with 1 and 2 bedroomed apartments being scarcer. Apartments are typically in complexes with shared facilities such as gardens and a pool. Cluster-style developments are typically 3 bedrooms, double storey, have security and shared facilities. Free-standing houses usually have between 3 and 5 bedrooms, with a large garden and sometimes a pool. Expatriates moving to Lusaka generally favour the areas of Kabulonga, Woodlands, Roma, Makeni, Rhodes Park and Sunningdale.

Schooling in Luanda

There are a few International and Private School options to choose from in Lusaka including American, French, Italian and Swedish schools.

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