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What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

"Braiis" (barbecues), outdoor get-togethers. - Nov 16, 2017
There are a few expat groups (Expat Zambia among them) that plan and coordinate events on Facebook. Waterfalls holds night markets from time to time, as does Sugarbush Restaurant. It's best to combine these with your own social interactions, though, as they're not super common. A market at the Dutch Reformed Church in Kabulonga attracts lots of expats, but it's dwindled in popularity since our arrival in 2013 (when it was kind of the only game in town). - Jan 4, 2017
There are lots of running clubs and quiz nights. Get to know the local staff. They will take you to kitchen parties, Zambian weddings, Chizelas (be prepared for that one), etc. - Jun 8, 2016
Going out to dinner, "night markets" with local food vendors, cook-outs, travel. - May 17, 2016
Having people over or going to friends' houses for a braii (outdoor grilling), movies, school oriented events. Some families/friends travel together. There is the Hash House Harriers club, a group that bicycles, a walking club, dog-training club, polocrosse and riding, etc. etc. Lots of clubs for lots of interests. - Mar 3, 2015
BBQs and getting together with friends. - Aug 22, 2014
Restaurants, bars, movie theaters, entertaining at home. - Jan 29, 2014
In the home, at restaurants, parties, hotels and clubs---there always seems to be something going on within the next week or two. Entertaining runs towards the casual and laid-back and often includes the whole family. - Apr 25, 2013
Lots! - Jul 9, 2010
Mostly revolves around kids and home. - Mar 19, 2009
Homes, bars, movies... - Oct 5, 2008
There are several good evening spots for dancing, there's a bowling alley and several places to play billards. lots of clubs, and there's a fun quiz night. Someone would be welcome to revive the X-mas Panto! - Aug 23, 2008
With the pleasant climate, there are lots of outdoor receptions, barbeques, etc. - May 18, 2008