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flight path from Johannesburg to Lusaka, Zambia

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Cheap Flights from Johannesburg to Lusaka

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  • 1 Feb 2014 fastjet launches flights from Dar es Salaam to Lusaka, thus creating 1-stop flight options from Johannesburg to Lusaka via Dar es Salaam.

  • 14 Jan 2014 SAA increases the frequency of its flights from Johannesburg to Lusaka from 19 to 20 flights a week.
  • 18 May 2012 Precision Air begins flying to Lusaka.

  • 27 Sep 2011 Lusaka International Airport is renamed Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in honour of the Zambia's first President, Dr Kenneth Kaunda.

  • Oct 2010  The Intercape launches a bus service from Johannesburg to Lusaka.

25 Oct 2009

Air Namibia launches flights between Johannesburg and Lusaka, in cooperation with Zambezi Airlines. Air Namibia will operate five flights per week and Zambezi Airlines will operate flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

3 Jul 2009

Zambezi Airlines increases its frequency to 12 flights weekly between Johannesburg and Lusaka (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).

12 May 2009

Zambezi Airlines starts a daily service between Johannesburg & Lusaka, using a Boeing 735.

Airlines flying from Johannesburg to Lusaka

We carried out a snapshot survey of flights from Johannesburg to Lusaka, then listed the airlines from the cheapest at the top (this will have subsequently changed).


SA Airlink

Johannesburg (JNB) to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)

non-stop (2 hours)


Johannesburg (JNB) to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)

Dar es Salaam (DAR)

Air Botswana

Johannesburg (JNB) to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)

1-stop (5 to 19 hours)
Gaborone (GBE)

Air Zimbabwe

Johannesburg (JNB) to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)

1-stop (20 hours)
Harare (HRE)

Air Namibia

Johannesburg (JNB) to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)

1-stop (5 hours)

Kenya Airways

Johannesburg (JNB) to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)

1-stop (11 hours)
Nairobi (NBO)

South African Airways

Johannesburg (JNB) to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN)

non-stop (2 hours)


SAA Flight

6 Aug 2013 : Rating 2/5. I love to travel; it's one of my greatest passions. Another one of my passions is to travel to Zambia to fish along the Zambezi River. So imagine my frustration when there is only one airline carrier that flies directly from Johannesburg to Lusaka. What is my frustration with this you may ask? Plain and simple – poor service! I've emailed SAA's customer service to complain about their service not once, but three times! And for some unknown reason, they never reply. Here are some snippets from the email I've sent them three times: "On the 15th of June I received the worst service from the SAA staff at OR Tambo! It was one of the busiest days I've seen at the airport and there were only 2 people working at the African departures counter (B26-B38). We stood in a queue for over 2 hours and barely made it to our flight even though we had arrived with enough time to spare. While standing in the ever growing queue to check in, the SAA staff allowed other people to push in for their flights, yet many other flights such as ours, which were closing weren't given special treatment. My father's bag was 2kgs overweight yet mine was only 14kgs but we did not have time to repack the bag as we had them wrapped and our flight was closing. I then spoke to the "team leader" Mpho at counter B15 who was extremely rude to me and offered no help whatsoever! When we finally made it to our flight (SA062) which was due to depart at 10:30, the food was only brought on at 10:52, which resulted in us only taking off at 11:13! Then upon returning to Johannesburg from Lusaka (flight SA063), our seats had been overbooked! We had to stand and wait in the kitchen area while they tried to sort it out and instead of moving us to business class, the staff at SAA moved the two people who had been comfortably sitting in our seats while we stood waiting, to business class! My Dad is a voyager member and certainly did not expect to be treated so badly." That was my 6th flight with SAA this year and each time it has been a terrible experience with dreadful service and arrogant attitudes. I try not to complain but sometimes enough is enough! I fly to Zambia again this week – everyone hold thumbs that it will actually be a pleasant experience with SAA this time.

river in Zambia

Short flight from Johannesburg

"The flight from Johannesburg to Lusaka was a short one—1.5 hours later, I was in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. The land was a mix of green and yellow, a typical scene of African...Currency exchange is another deep learning curve I have to go through. With 1 USD to 5000 Zambian kwacha, I handled my very first million kwacha transaction today-all in cash! The hostel I stayed overnight in lusaka is called “chachacha backpackers” . The 6 bulk-bed lodge I stayed in looks exactly like Washington’s winter camp in Valley forge national park, except with mosquito nets."

street scene in Lusaka


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An overland trip from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Lusaka Airport is some 1578km, taking about 21 hours. On the way you'll pass Pretoria, Bela-Bela, Modimolle, Mookgopong, Mokopane, Polokwane, Louis Trichardt, Makhado, Nzehelele Nature Reserve, Musina (last stop in South Africa), Beitbridge (you're now in Zimbabwe), Rutenga, Subekwa River, Masvingo (close to Great Zimbabwe), Gokomere (known for its rock art), Mvuma (check out the cyanite mine dumps), Chivhu, Beatrice, Harare (the capital), Banket (named after the nearby rock formation), Chinhoyi Caves (limestone caves named after a chief who used the caves as refuge from Ndebele raiders, with a descent towards a pool with cobalt blue water), Makuti (from which there are scenic views of the bush heading up to Lake Kariba, and you may want to take a detour towards the lake), Chirundu Bridge (in fact 2 bridges which cross over the Zambezi River into Zambia, originally built in 1938/9) and the Mikango Barracks (in Zambia),

By bus

The Intercape and City to City offer bus services from Johannesburg to Lusaka.

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