Tourist Places to Visit in Chingola, Zambia, Lusaka, South Africa, Africa

Tourist Places to Visit in Chingola, Zambia, Lusaka, South Africa, Africa

Chingola is a Zambian city situated in the province of the Copperbelt, around 410 km north of the national capital, Lusaka. Chingola has established itself as the copper-mining capital of Zambia. Chingola is also noted as one of the gateways to an orphaned chimpanzee sanctuary, Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, which is situated around 60 km northwest of Chingola. Another renowned tourist destination near Chingola is Hippo Pool on the Kafue River, around 10 km from the Chingola city.

Located around 1,363 meters above sea level, Chingola is geographically positioned between 12°32′ S latitude and 27°51′ E longitude.


History of Chingola:

The history of Chingola revolves round its copper mining industry founded in 1943 with the discovery of copper mines in the area. Chingola is the site of the historical Chingola High School.


How to reach Chingola?

There is an airport near Chingola city, but the availability of flights is not guaranteed. The closest major international airport to Chingola is Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola, located around 120 km southeast of Chingola. This airport operates flights from Addis Ababa, Johannesburg, Kasama, Lusaka, Mansa, Solwezi and Nairobi.

Chingola can be reached by bus from Lusaka, Kabwe, Ndola and all major cities in the country. Chingola has an upgraded road infrastructure, served by minibuses, rental cars and taxis.


Food and Shopping in Chingola:

Chingola is one of the five developed cities of Zambia, home to numerous upgraded shops and restaurants with both traditional and modernized specialties.


Things to do in Chingola:

  • Visiting copper mine
  • Golfing
  • Visiting the nearby wildlife sanctuary


Places to see in Chingola:


Nchanga Mines Open Pit:

The Nchanga Mines Open Pit is considered as Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest open-cast mine. The mine covers a total of 30 km² areas of northern and western surroundings of Chingola city. It can be visited with a prior permission, which is gettable from the mine office located at Fern Avenue.


Nchanga Golf Course:

The Nchanga Golf Course is one of the landmark sites of Chingola, acclaimed as Africa’s one of the most attractive and well maintained golf courses.


Kafue River:

The Kafue River flows around 10 km north of the city of Chingola, where visitors can see a hippo pool with a large number of hippopotamus swimming in the river.


Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage:

The Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage is one of the preferred places of tourists to visit in Chingola and its surrounding towns. David and Sheila Siddle founded this orphanage in order to provide treatment for a badly wounded chimpanzee in 1983. Currently the orphanage houses around 100 orphaned chimpanzees. Hippopotamus and peacocks are the other highlights of the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage.


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

  • Copperbelt Museum
  • Dag Hammarskjoeld Memorial
  • Chingola Airport
  • Mukuyu Slave Tree
  • Lake Chilengwa
  • Henry Tayali Gallery in Lusaka
  • The Anglican Cathedral in Lusaka
  • Munda Wanga Environmental Park in Lusaka
  • Lilayi Lodge in Lusaka
  • Parray’s Game Ranch in Lusaka
  • The National Museum of Zambia, in Lusaka


Best time to visit Chingola:

Chingola is a year round destination, although the most preferred time to visit Chingola is from June to July.


Hotels in Chingola:

Hotels are limited in Chingola, not more than 5, but facilities and services are excellent. For more options, the nearby city Kitwe is a perfect option, where all types of hotels ranging from budget guest house to star rated hotels can be found. Here are some recommended hotels in Chingola (first 4 hotels) and Kitwe (rest of the hotels, around 50 km from Chingola):

  • Protea Hotel Chingola
  • Icon Hotel
  • Hibiscus Guest House
  • Nzipile Executive Guest House
  • Moba Hotel and Convention Centre
  • Hotel Edinburgh
  • Casa di Cichita
  • Sherbourne Guest House
  • Nobutula Lodge
  • YMCA Norfred Hotel
  • Eagle Guesthouse
  • Shamba Lodge
  • Lunte Lodge
  • Mukwa Lodge

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