Ndola is the city at the centre of economic development in Zambia. It is located at the junction of roads leading to several cities and towns on the Copperbelt and beyond. One is able to easily cross over into the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) to the north and Angola to the west. The D.R.C. is just 10 kilometres away from the town. The town is about 320 kilometres north of Lusaka. The name of the city is derived from a tributary of the Kafubu River known as kandola. It is the only town in Zambia which sits on a river that cuts through the centre of the district.
Ndola started as a BOMA, (British Overseas Management Area) and a trading post during the colonial era. It was founded in 1904 by John Edward “Chiripula” Stephenson, just six months after Livingstone, making it the second oldest colonial era town of Zambia. It earned city status in 1967 and on 18 July 2004 it marked 100 years of existence. With a population of 455,194 (2010 census), it is the third largest city in Zambia after Lusaka and Kitwe. It is the commercial and industrial centre of the Copperbelt.
Ndola is serviced by regular flights from Lusaka and neighbouring countries. The railway systems of Zambia runs passenger and freight services between Kitwe and Livingstone. The railway line goes all the way to Lubumbashi in Congo. The road network can take you anywhere in Zambia.
Climate in Ndola Zambia
The weather is generally from cool to warm, conducive for outdoor and sporting activities at any of the sports facilities dotted around the city. It experiences high levels of rainfall due to its proximity to the rain forests of Congo D.R.
Industrial Hub of The Copperbelt
It is the capital of the richest province in the country. It is home to a lot of industries that drive the Zambian economy today. Name it, Food processing, manufacturing, copper mining and refining, bottling, finance and banking, motor assembly, cement manufacturing, oil refining and many more. It is the only city on the Copperbelt which does not depend on copper only for its survival. This cannot be said of its neighbour towns like Kitwe or Luanshya. You find petroleum giants such as Indeni Petroleum Refinery and TAZAMA. Companies such as Zambezi Portland Cement and Lafarge and Ndola lime have also come on stage. The city is also home to the Coppe-rbelt University, the large Mosi brewery, and the "Times of Zambia" newspaper. You will also find provincial administration offices, hospitals and private clinics. Because of its huge industrial base, the country’s premier trade show is held here. The Zambia International Trade Fair takes place annually in Ndola during the first week of July. Exhibitors come from all over the world and from within the country.
Where To Stay in Ndola
Located in the heart of the city is perhaps the city’s best known hotel, the Savoy hotel. Conveniently located within the business district, it offers comfortable rooms and quality service. Off the hassle and bustle of the city is the Mukuba hotel. Its proximity to the trade fair grounds makes it an ideal place for both show goers and exhibitors. It is located in the show grounds in the main industrial area. You can relax as you enjoy the view of impalas grazing in the background. Other Zambia budget accommodations in Ndola are the Chikumbi Motel and Naaznina.
Tourist Activities in Ndola Zambia
Here, you find a lot of fascinating places worth visiting. If you would like some experience of the wild nearby, try the monkey fountain zoo. As the name suggests, some monkeys are kept at this zoo. This is the city where the Swedish diplomat, Dag Hammarskjöld, secretary general of the United Nations, crushed during a peace mission to Zaire (now called Congo D.R) on 18 September 1961. A memorial has been erected for him along the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way, 10 kilometres from Ndola.
Just near the city centre is the slave tree, or Mukuyu Slave tree in Makoli Avenue, around which Arab slave traders held slave markets in the nineteenth century. The tree has now fallen since it has been eaten by termites. You can also visit the popular Nsobe Game Camp and sunken lakes of Chilengwa and Kashiba. The lakes, 14 km east of town were formed by the collapse of rock into an underlying limestone carven, and has local cultural significance.
Other existing tourist attractions are 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.
The Polish memorial site is where about 18,000 polish refugees found asylum after fleeing from the Nazi forces in 1943.
You can get some gifts for yourself or others at the shopping mall where you can find just about anything, including local handicrafts and souvenirs.
Also, try playing a round of golf at the Ndola Golf Club which has excellent grounds and where you can sip a cool drink while playing.
If you are a sport’s fan, see a game at the Ndola Stadium which hosts most of the city’s sporting events and is a great spot to cheer with the crowds.
The Slave Tree
You can also see landmarks such as the Slave Tree which has historical significance in the country’s role in the slave trade in the 19th century.
When to go to Ndola
Ndola has a humid subtropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season. There are always a variety of things to do in Ndola and anytime is wonderful to visit, however, the rainy season is the most popular time. Temperatures during this time average at about 17 °C (60 °F). The rainy season makes the city flourish in bright colors, so if you choose to visit Lake Chilengwa, this is a great time to see the water’s natural beauty.
|Languages spoken||English, Nyanja|
|Currency used||Zambia Kwacha (ZMK)|