“Hello Michael, you are the one who did the Zim-Zam trip right; a client is moving to Zambia and needs information about Ndola, can you send some pieces of information she can use at her leisure?”

That was my boss’ message. It landed at about 6 am last Saturday while I was still enjoying the luxury of the cosy ambience of my room.

I rolled awhile on my bed after reading the text to recollect my experience in the city. I recalled I was scheduled to use Ndola as a transit route to Kitwe, but I ended up spending two days there. In case you are just hearing the name for the first time, Ndola is a city in Zambia. It is actually the country’s third largest city, second oldest city and the country’s economic capital.  

Ndola is unlike Livingston where many tourists visit to see the magnificent Victoria Falls, but it is no doubt well worth a visit. The city is the only Zambian town on the bank of the Kafubu River, at the heart of a connecting route to several towns on the Copperbelt, and an important border town between Zambia and DRC, and Zambia and Angola.

Being the economic capital of Zambia, Ndola is popular among business travellers; and many people get there using the international airport, railway or road that connects the city to the rest of the world.

Yes, Ndola has alternating cool and warm weather that encourages various outdoor activities, but the city is not big on tourism per se. Nevertheless, there are a number of places that make a visit worthwhile.

The road to Ndola | Photo by Ville Tanskanen

For visitors seeking to feed their eyes, a drive around the town won’t be a bad idea. The interesting sites to stop include the Monkey Fountain Zoo, the Nsobe Game Camp and sunken lakes of Chilengwa and Kashiba. You can also stop by for a round of golf at the 18-hole golf course in the city.

History buffs in the city should visit the Dag Hammarskjoeld Memorial. Located 10 km from Ndola in the Ndola West Forest Reserve – the very site of the plane crash in which Dag the second and the then United Nation Secretary-General (1953-1961) was killed on 17th September 1961, the memorial preserves the history of the Congo conflict and the efforts of Dag at resolving it, as well as the remains of the crash, and details about the life and death of the former Secretary-General of U.N.  The simple, unpretentious and quietness of the location, coupled with the expertise of the guide at the site bring vivid details of what happened there on September 1961 to visitors in a moving way.

There is also the Copperbelt Museum (It has collections of gems and minerals of the Copperbelt), the Polish World War II memorial site located at about 6 kilometres from Bwana Mkumbwa Mine and the Chichele Mufu Tree.

People also visit the intersection of Makoli, formerly Moffat, a spot on one of the slave-trading routes to the coast where Arab slave traders held slave markets in the nineteenth century.


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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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