Ndola Tourist Places to Visit in Ndola, Zambia, South Africa, Africa

Ndola Tourist Places to Visit in Ndola, Zambia, South Africa, Africa

Ndola is the capital city of the Copperbelt Province in Zambia geographically positioned at 12°58′ S 28°38′ E. It is the 3rd largest city as well as the commercial centre of Zambia. Located around 10 km from the Zambia-DR Congo border, Ndola is the city leading to the mineral producing region of the nation, situated around 320 km north of the national capital, Lusaka.

Although being a commercial hub, Ndola is also renowned as a top tourist destination with diverse attractions like museums, natural and historic sites. Ndola experiences a humid subtropical climate.


History of Ndola:

The history of Ndola goes back to 1904 when it was founded by John Edward “Chiripula” Stephenson during the British colonial rule. Ndola geared up towards development with the expansion of Rhodesia Railways line to the town in 1907, making it the distribution centre of Zambia.


How to reach Ndola?

Ndola hosts one of the three international airports of Zambia (other two are Living stone and Lusaka airports), with scheduled flight services from/to Addis Ababa, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Kasama, Lusaka, Mansa and Solwezi. The distance of 3 km from the airport to the city centre can easily be crossed by taxi or minibus or rental car.

Both the railway and bus connection of Ndola is extended to Kitwe, Livingstone, Kabwe and Lusaka. Buses, taxis and rental vehicles like cars and bikes are the prevalent options to get around Ndola.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Ndola:

Ndola is home to Copperbelt Museum, which showcases the mining history and culture of the region. For those looking to have typical traditional Zambian shopping experience Ndola is a perfect place for them. Michelangelo’s and Starscape are two popular restaurants in Ndola.


Things to do in Ndola:

  • Visiting mining sites and museum
  • Shopping
  • Walking


Places to see in Ndola:


Copperbelt Museum:

The Copperbelt Museum is a renowned museum concentrated on showcasing the history and feature of the Copperbelt mining with a nice collection of gems and minerals.


Mukuyu Slave Tree:

One of the national monuments of Zambia, the Mukuyu Slave Tree was a site around which slave markets were held by Arab slave traders during the 19th century.


Dag Hammarskjöld Memorial:

The Dag Hammarskjöld Memorial commemorates United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, who died at the site along the Ndola-Kitwe road on September 18, 1961 in a plane crash.


Lake Chilengwa:

Situated around 14 km away from Ndola, the Lake Chilengwa is culturally important lake among locals. This lake originated in the place of an underlying limestone cavern by the collapse of a huge rock into it.


Ndola Golf Course:

The Ndola Golf Course is one of the highlights of Ndola. Visitors are always welcome to play and advance booking is also offered. Really a great place for golf lovers.


List of other places of interest in and around Ndola include:

  • Nchanga Mines Open Pit
  • Nchanga Golf Course
  • Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage
  • Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport
  • Levy Mwanawasa Sports Stadium
  • Henry Tayali Gallery in Lusaka
  • The Anglican Cathedral in Lusaka
  • Parray’s Game Ranch in Lusaka
  • The National Museum of Zambia, in Lusaka
  • Munda Wanga Environmental Park in Lusaka
  • Lilayi Lodge in Lusaka


Best time to visit Ndola:

Probably the best time to visit Ndola is from May to September, when nearly no rain falls in Ndola, which would be supportive to enjoy outdoor activities.


Hotels in Ndola:

Being commercial city, Ndola houses many modernized hotels shared between all parts of the city with a wide range of facilities and services. To transfer local cultural features to visitors’ heart, most hotels in Ndola adapted traditional facilities in their amenities’ list that will surely win tourists’ heart. Some tourist favor hotels in Ndola are listed below:

  • Michelangelo
  • Mukuba Hotel
  • Indigo Lodge
  • Castle Lodge Guesthouse
  • New Savoy Hotel
  • The New Ambassador
  • Katuba Guest House
  • Kafue Lodge
  • Nsobe Game Camp
  • Kaps Villa and Lodge
  • Chabanga Lodge
  • Nsobe Game Camp
  • Kinsa Lodge
  • Fatmols City Lodge
  • Henry Makulu House

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