Tourist Places to Visit in Mansa, Zambian, Luapula, South Africa, Africa

Tourist Places to Visit in Mansa, Zambian, Luapula, South Africa, Africa

Mansa is a Zambian city, functioning as the capital of the Luapula Province, situated between 11°12′ S latitude and 28°53′ E longitude. Mansa is located around 750 km north of the national capital, Lusaka and around 50 km east from Zambia’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mansa is a noted tourist destination, mainly famous for its cathedral and the nearby Mumbuluma Falls.


History of Mansa:

Mansa was called Fort Rosebery during the British rule and the current name may be derived from either local head Mansa or Mansa River flowing near the city. Mansa’s development started in the middle of the 20th century with the exploration of agricultural products and fish to the nearby prosperous Copperbelt province.


How to reach Mansa?

Mansa houses an airport with a distance of 6 km from the city centre. Currently it does not operate any scheduled flights but it can be reached by charter flights.

The nearest international airport to Mansa is Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola. This airport operates flights from Addis Ababa, Johannesburg, Kasama, Lusaka, Mansa, Solwezi and Nairobi and is located around 250 km from Mansa. Bus connection from Mansa to its nearby cities is limited, so rental cars would be an alternative option.


Food and Shopping in Mansa:

Mansa is relatively an upgraded city with all basic and modern facilities like large stores, daily market, banks, hotels, retail outlets and restaurants. Shoprite supermarket is a recommended shopping centre in Mansa.


Things to do in Mansa:

  • Traditional shopping
  • Walking
  • Exploring the nearby waterfalls


Places to see in Mansa:


Mumbuluma Falls:

An awesome natural beauty, the Mumbuluma Falls is situated few kilometers outside of the city of Mansa. This spectacular scenery was listed on the Zambia’s national monuments list. Shouldn be visited this scenic wonder.


Mansa Catholic Cathedral:

The Mansa Catholic Cathedral is a religious as well as landmark site in the Mansa city. It is frequented by both devotees and tourists year round for its distinct construction and holiness.


Luapula River:

The Luapula River flows through the city of Mansa, where visitors can enjoy a wide range of water sport activities like swimming, fishing and walking on the river bank. It is also a nice relaxation point.


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

  • Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage
  • Mansa Airport
  • Shoprite supermarket
  • Nchanga Golf Course
  • Nchanga Mines Open Pit
  • Copperbelt Museum
  • Dag Hammarskjoeld Memorial
  • Mukuyu Slave Tree
  • Lake Chilengwa
  • Henry Tayali Gallery 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
  • The Anglican Cathedral in Lusaka


Best time to visit Mansa:

Throughout the year is best, especially during the dry months between May and September is a perfect time for Mansa’s tour.


Hotels in Mansa:

Mansa is home to some nice tourist favor hotels, including Mansa Hotel and Teja Executive Lodge. Hotels are decent in facilities and services and also well versed in serving visitors with an authentic Zambian and international delicacies.  For more accommodation options, here are some prominent hotels, in Chingola (first 4 hotels, around 230 km from Mansa) and Kitwe (rest of the hotels, around 220 km from Mansa):

  • 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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