Traffic in Zambia

Hello everyone,

Which city or area do you live in in Zambia, and how do you find the traffic?

How long does it take to commute to work or run errands?

Is there a rush hour in your city? What times of the day would you recommend people to avoid driving if they can?

Are there any ways to avoid spending too much time in traffic in Zambia?

What is parking availability and cost like?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


I am staying near the airport in Zambia, and the traffic is generally not too bad for a capital city, with some notable exceptions?

Commuting into the town centre can take 1.5 hours at peak times. If it can be avoided, do not drive on the main arteries into town at the peak times of 0700 to 0900 and 1630 to 1830. Running errands for anything other than groceries can involve a lengthy but simple drive route.

The number of vehicles is not really the issue, but the condition of non arterial routes. This forces most vehicles onto those main roads making them, and any of their junctions, bottlenecks.

Parking availability is quite good and relatively cheap, even free mostly?

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