SAA flies directly to Lusaka, Zambia and there is no doubt that this African city is growing as a key business destination on the continent. Sawubona has identified some choice business hotels (and one great lodge not too far out of town).
Hotel Intercontinental Lusaka: Situated close to the city centre and within close proximity to the Arcades shopping centre and entertainment hub. Rooms have all the mod-cons any business traveller might need, with great views of the city. Meet associates at the Savannah Grill & Restaurant, Rhythms Café or the Safari Bar. For those who want to keep in shape, there is a spa/wellness centre, three tennis courts and a swimming pool.
Radisson Blu, Lusaka: This modern hotel offers 142 rooms and is close to the city centre and the Mulungushi International Conference Centre. The free breakfast buffet at Filini Restaurant & Bar is a bonus, as is the free Wi-Fi. This hotel also offers conference facilities and meetings rooms and, after a hard day’s work, the pool is a great place to chill and enjoy a snack and a drink from the pool bar. The Lusaka City Market is nearby and, for a spot of wildlife, you can always plan a visit to the Chaminuka Game Reserve, which is 40 minutes away.
Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower: This classic-modern hotel will suit travellers on the go. A mixture of executive, twin deluxe and king deluxe rooms with free Wi-Fi means you’re always within reach if you’re on business. The hotel’s location in the Arcades lifestyle and entertainment hub puts you close to several restaurants, bars and shops. There’s a bar and dining area on the top floor, as well as a pool, from which there are stunning views of the city.
Taj Pamodzi Lusaka: A popular business hotel with a good reputation, the Taj Pamodzi hotel is situated in Rhodes Park, about 5km from the city centre. Rooms have all the luxury amenities and the hotel is well-priced. There is a business centre (although Wi-Fi isn’t free). There is a gym and a squash court for those needing a workout and the Pamodzi buffet breakfast is a good place for that first meeting of the day. The Marula Bar is a good location for drinks at the end of the day, and the tour desk will assist with arrangements to visit nearby attractions.
Lilayi Lodge: After doing business in the city, you might want to head 30 or so minutes out of town to Lilayi Lodge. Lilayi is the perfect place to find your equilibrium after completing any business obligations. Situated on a 650-hectare farm, the lodge is home to bushbuck, waterbuck and other antelope, which often wander into the grounds, past well-appointed chalets. You can sit on the private patio to watch them, or venture along the trails to find wildebeest and other wildlife. Lilayi recently launched its Elephant Orphanage Project, so you can walk among calves whose herds have been poached, although touching them is forbidden, as they’re being reared for a return to their natural habitat. The lodge also hosts regular events for day visitors, and the restaurant’s menu caters for all palates.