Car Hire from Lusaka Airport
Lusaka Airport is located in Central Zambia, a region of national parks, incredible wildlife and sweeping natural landscapes. It’s also home to Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. Hiring a car from Lusaka Airport allows you to explore this rugged country at your own pace and provides the perfect starting point for a Zambian adventure.
Where to hire a car at Lusaka Airport
There are a number of major car hire companies based at Lusaka Airport. However the majority offer a meet and greet service, collecting passengers from the arrivals hall and shuttling them to the nearest rental office, usually in Lusaka city. Companies include Auto Europe, Europcar and Avis.
Petrol Stations near Lusaka Airport
If you have hired a car from Lusaka Airport with a full to full fuel policy you will need to refuel it before returning it to avoid any charges.
The closest petrol station to Lusaka Airport is located 20 minutes’ drive from the airport on route T4. It’s a Puma Filling Station on the way to Lusaka city.
Driving around Lusaka Airport
Route T4 is the main road travelling to and from the airport. It travels west to Lusaka city and east to Rufunsa and Kacholola. From Lusaka, it’s easy to pick up routes heading in other directions. Route T2 travels north to Kabwe and south to Kafue whilst the M9 travels west to Mumbwa.
Driving in Zambia can be a bit of an adventure. Roads are in poor condition and you’re likely to come across potholes in the road and, during bad weather, the road may have been washed away altogether. For this reason a 4WD is a good idea, particularly if you’re planning to travel to remote or rural areas. Travelling at night is not advised. Roads and other vehicles are poorly lit and there’s a good chance you’ll find pedestrians and animals in the road.
You can drive for up to 90 days in Zambia with your standard UK driving license. Cars drive on the left, as they do in the UK.
Getting to your destination
If you hire a car from Lusaka Airport, you’ll find lots of great destinations within easy driving distance. Here are a few of them:
Lusaka is Zambia’s capital city. It is known for its excellent markets; there’s usually a market every day with a special craft market on Sundays. Visitors can learn more about Zambia’s history and culture at either the Lusaka National Museum or the Kabwata Cultural Village. There are lots of wildlife parks on the outskirts of the city centre too.
It takes around 23 minutes to drive from Lusaka Airport to Lusaka city centre, taking the T4 route west. Traffic can be busy at rush hours so allow plenty of time for your journey. There are lots of street parking spaces available throughout the city, available for a fee. There’s also a large car park at the Arcades Shopping Centre.
Lower Zambezi National Park
Lower Zambezi National Park is one of the less developed parks in Zambia, offering wilderness landscapes and the opportunity to get close to some incredible wildlife. Elephants, lions, hippos and leopards all live in the park. The park offers guided safaris which can include white water rafting, canoeing and swimming as well as some great wildlife spotting.
It takes just under two hours to drive to Lower Zambezi National Park, taking the T4 eastbound. You’ll need a 4WD to get to the park as roads are poorly surfaced. You can access the park from Chirundu, taking the pontoon to cross the Kafue River.
Kabwe was once an old mining town and, today, it gives visitors a real taste of Zambian life. It’s a laid back place with lots of authentic food and drink to be found. The town is located close to Broken Hill, which boasts some very deep lakes, unique landscapes and great hiking opportunities.
Kabwe is just over two hours’ drive from Lusaka Airport, taking the T4 into Lusaka centre and then the T2 north. Roads throughout the town are little more than dirt tracks with some big potholes so you’ll need to go slowly and take care.