There’s nothing wrong with dinner and a movie as a date night or day activity, but I find that sometimes, you need to step out of that comfort zone and do more activities. Here are my 21 picks to change things up! You’ll find a few free activities as well.
Into art? Why not spend a few hours appreciating local art at 37D in Kabulonga. The gallery is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 5pm and is FREE. If you like what you see, feel free to make a purchase. Proceeds from START go towards children . Take your love for art to a whole new level with sketching and painting classes at The Art Shop which is located at the Deli on 8 Lunzua Road in Rhodespark. They host free classes for beginners and other levels from 9 to 11am. For details call Candice 0974 279 107.
Total Cost: FREE
2. UPGRADE YOUR DANCE MOVES
Be the envy of everyone on the dance floor by taking latin ballroom dances from Salsa Africa who in addition offer Kizomba, bachata, the chacha and more. The schedules and fees are as follows: Intercontinental Hotel GYM salsa, bachata, chacha etc MONDAY 7PM FRIDAY 6.30PM. k275 per 8sessions (a month) per person. Class durations are btwn 1hr and 1hr 30mns. GOLDEN ZAMBEZI LODGE Kizomba Lessons. Every Wednesday at 6.30pm Charge is K50 per session. MELSIM LODGE Salsa Lessons| social dancing: 6pm to 7pm Main class: 7pm to 8pm. Social dancing: 8pm to 9.3Onpm. K40 per person. Call 0979779306/0979400538 for more information.
3.TAKE A STROLL
Remember visiting Munda Wanga Zoo as a child? Did you know that the grounds also house a garden with almost 500 species of plants which is perfect for a weekend stroll. Admission for adults is K25.
4. SEE THE COUNTRY AT NEW HEIGHTS
Did you know that you can go on a hot air balloon in Zambia? The Busanga plains in the Kafue National Park offers a scenic view. ” Due to its remote location and untouched scenery, a hot air balloon safari in this wildlife-rich area offers an unmatched experience, and a unique bird’s-eye view of the Plains.
Hot air ballooning is seasonal, so if you’re keen, save the dates 1st August to October 31st. You have to be a guest at the Busanga Bush Camp or Shumba Camp for three or more nights to be eligible for the complimentary hot air ballooning.
5. BE AT PEACE
Yoga and meditation are some of the best ways to unwind. Lusaka Meditation in Kalundu offers free consultations everyday and private introductory classes. Brahma Kumaris offers Raja Yoga meditation which ” is a meditation without rituals or mantras and can be practised anywhere at any time. Raja Yoga meditation is practised with ‘open eyes’, which makes this method of meditation versatile, simple and easy to practice”. All classes are free! The Lusaka location is on great east road Plot no. 3515c, Great East Road, Rhodes Park, opposite the Government flats. Call + 260 – 978 157613 or 260- 211- 250685 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. NOM NOM
Ever watch shows like ‘Come Dine With Me’ and think you’d be awesome on that show? Amp up your cooking skills for your next dinner party (or to make a romantic meal for your significant other by taking a couples cooking class at Mange Tout, a culinary facility in Kabulonga. You can visit their site to enquire about costs or check their facebook page.
7. GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ELEPHANTS
Lilayi Lodge has an elephant orphanage run by Game Rangers International (GRI) on it’s grounds. You can view a feeding of the elephants for free (suggested donation also accepted) on weekdays from 11am to 1pm. Book a night or two at Lilayi lodge and be eligible to work with the elephant keepers by helping make their food.
8. Volunteer at LAWS
If you’re a dog or cat lover, consider spending a few hours volunteering at the Lusaka Animal Welfare Society on Sadzu road behind Levy Mall. You can walk dogs or help clean up their quarters. LAWS are open from 8am to 4pm and dogs are walked in the mornings.Call 096 2222149 for more information.
9. OPEN AIR MOVIES
Not everyday Netflix and Chill. Head outside instead for Zambezi Speaksays open air movies that happen on select Wednesday evenings. Entrance is only K20 and includes free popcorn. Drinks are always on sale.
10. SWIM AT MONKEY POOLS
Monkey Pools is a gorgeous feature located in MukaMunya housing estates on Senanga Drive off Leopards Hill Road. If you know someone who lives there, they can invite you to use the pool for free. If not, adults pay K100 each. Call 096676204 for queries.
11. TARGET PRACTICE
Learning to handle a weapon is always a good skill to learn. Sporting Guns on Leopards Hill Road offers shooting lessons for novices, intermediate and advanced. Lessons start with a meeting with an instructor where tea, coffee and drinks are provided.The session will start with an intro to safe gun handling, eye dominance, gun fit and stance. Rates are as follows for Clay Pigeon shooting ;Instruction including 25 rounds ammunition, gun hire, clays K250 (non members) and non members pay K50 entrance fee + 1 hour instruction (BY APPOINTMENT) K200. Call 0975 381443
0966 125746 to make an appointment.
Paintball is lots of fun and is actually a pretty decent workout. It can be played 1 a side, but it’s better as a team sport,so make it a group date with your other coupled up friends and head to Paintball Maina located on Malaiti Road off Leopards Hill Road.For K100 per person, you get 100 bullets, full safety gear and unlimited gas. Th group day packages include a lunch for an extra K65 per person. Call 0976 086 944 for more information/directions. Paintball Mania is open from Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm and 11am on Sundays.
Remember the scene in ‘A Walk to Remember’ when Mandy Moore’s boyfriend made her a telescope and eventually bought a star for her? Aww. If you can identify orions belt and the north star, head to the University of Zambia’s Physics Department at the School of Natural Science’s. They have a telescope on hand that members of the public can use. Call 260-211-290429.
14. BIKE RIDE AT LUSAKA SOUTH ECONOMIC ZONE
Grab your bicycles and head to the Lusaka South Economic Zone located off Leopards Hill Road for a leisurely ride. Directions: Take the Leopards Hill road out of town. After the boom, take the first road right into Chifewema Rd. (signposted) Take the first right again after second speed bump into a large gate. There’s a signpost a this turn. Then take the next left. Continue till next sign on left, then onto the gate.
15. GO KARTING
Put those driving skills to the test at Park Xtreme in Makeni Makeni Track. Rates are as follows:
5 mins (appr 7 laps) for K30, 10 mins for K50 and 20 mins for K90. Call 097 9976976 for more information.
The observation deck at the Lusaka National Park is great for picnics. Entrance fee is K30 per person and guests are allowed to bring in their own food and beverages, including a braii stand.
17. BOAT RIDE KAFUE
Kafue River Cliff situated 4 km off the Kafue Road, Kafue town on the banks of the Mighty Kafue River
and is home to the houseboat ‘Lady Betty’. Enjoy a cruise on the boat for K100 per person and admission to the river cliff is K15. The boat leaves at 2pm and 4pm, with the latter being the sunset cruise. (Price may vary on public holidays). Contact information 097 4168751
18. NIGHT MARKET
Taste the different foods by vendors at the monthly Food Night Market held at various venues around Lusaka during the non rainy seasons. Entrance fees vary from free to K50, so check the facebook page for full details.
19. MOTOR RALLIES
Need for speed? Lusaka hosts a number of motor rallies through the Zambia Motor Sports Association starting with the Mad Maxx Rally and continuing with the International Motor Rally in May which starts in the capital city then makes its way to Chisamba. For tickets, visit the Zambia Motor Rally website.
Le Triumph Dolphin is the place to be for a fun filled karoake evening. The original Dolphin is in Northmead on Paseli Road, while the newer one is in Kalundu. Karoke is free with dinner or lunch purchase. Contact numbers are
260-211-292 133 +260-977-774 954.
21. SEE REPTILES
Kalimba Reptile Farm has been one of those places you go as part of a school trip once. You’ll definitely appreciate it more in your adult life. You’ll see Snakes and crocodiles here and the K40 per person entrance fee includes viewing of the reptiles, swimming, golf, volleyball and fishing in the angling pools. Kalimba Farms is in Ngwerere. Directions are on their facebook page. Opening hours are 9am- 5pm including weekends. Their contact info is +260967213272 or +260211847190.