Ndola was founded as a BOMA (British Overseas Management Area) and trading post by John Edward Stephenson on the 18th of July 1904 at the place where Ndola Golf Club is presently located. After Livingstone, it is the second oldest colonial era town in Zambia and the third largest city in the country after Lusaka and Kitwe.
Often referred to as the “Friendly City,” Ndola is located at the junction of roads leading to several cities and towns on the Copperbelt and beyond. It is the capital of the richest province in the country, a home to several industries that drive the Zambian economy, and by and large the nation’s commercial capital.
Ndola enjoys a relatively cool and warm climate with a daily average mean of 20.3°C. The average high is at 27.6°C, while average low drops to about 13.8°C. Proximity to the Congo rainforests means it enjoys a lot of rainfall being located just about 10km from the Congo DR border.
The city of Ndola is welcoming and friendly as its moniker declares. It is clean and most of the streets are lined with trees, providing shade on the sidewalks which are wide and perfect for a good stroll. The city center is very lively and the city in general boasts of a couple of interesting attractions which beckon on you to explore, bidding you “welcome to the Friendly City.”
The Dag Hammarskjöld Memorial Site is a ‘Must See’ if you are in Ndola. The beautiful site also includes a museum. Another ‘Must See’ is the Chinese-built Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, named after a Zambian former president. The Copperbelt Museum is well worth a visit, while further away from the main city, Nsobe Game Camp is a must for a safari experience in Ndola. The Kasenji War Graves and World War II Memorial are also worth seeing.
Ndola is the capital of the Copperbelt region and a major industrial hub, which means finding where or what to eat is not a problem. It has a presence of expatriates as well as Zambians of European or Indian descent who run hotels, casinos, restaurants, bars and other eating outlets which offer a wide variety of continental dishes, ranging from Indian, Chinese to European. Also, with the opening of several big malls in the city – and other parts of Zambia – several fast food franchise have arrived in the city, with outlets at the malls and shopping centers where you can easily grab a bite. For a taste of local food, nshima is the national staple made from ground maize and it is often eaten with nshiwo usually called relish – a sauce made from fish or meat boiled with vegetables. Ifashi, a peanut stew combined with tomatoes, spinach and cabbage is also an nshima accompaniment.
Drinks are available at the hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, clubs and bars and casinos. Zambians love to enjoy themselves and the weekend fever starts from Thursday. There is regular work on Fridays, but the mood has already been set for a TGIF.