Ndola is on the up! Zambia’s industrial heartland is experiencing a revival in fortunes as its transforms itself from a traditional mining town to a city rich in culture, technology and investment potential.
Kazanga Ntanda a resident in Ndola has lived in the city his entire life. “Ndola is my hometown; I have been here all my life, born and bred in Ndola. This city is a very cool place, as it is the friendliest city you ever know, and there are quite a number of tourist and leisure places people can visit.”
“Ndola has entertainment, tourist attractions, great culture, good hotel accommodation and places to eat and shop from. I can just say the people are amazing, friendly and welcoming,” Ntanda added.
As a testament to its confidence in Ndola’s role as a destination of choice, Zambia’s leading local airline, Proflight, recently launched a three-times-a-week direct service between Ndola and Johannesburg in South Africa, with convenient connections to its popular Ndola-Solwezi route.
The mining city of Ndola has a population of more than 4 million people. The provincial capital of the Copperbelt stretches along the Kafubu and Itawa Rivers. The city gets its name from the Kafubu River tributary known as Kandola.
The people in the city are friendly, welcoming, enthusiastic about their city and outgoing.
Ndola sits about 320 kilometres north of Lusaka but the five-hour road trip can be replaced by a 45-minute morning, midday, afternoon or evening flight with Proflight.
The city is well known as a mining city, but locals say there is more to Ndola than just mining.
There is something for you in Ndola
Ndola offers a rich taste of Zambian history and culture. At the centre of Ndola city along Buteko Avenue is the Copperbelt Museum specialised in science and technology.
Acting Director Copperbelt Museum and resident Mrs Mukangandu Siatontola is very passionate about the city and explained the importance of visiting the museum.
She said: “Copperbelt Museum exhibits the culture of the Lamba people and the surrounding Copperbelt. The geology gallery in the museum highlights the history of mining and the minerals mined in Zambia.”
The museum promotes education through shaping, strengthening ideas and providing an effective way to learn. It functions more like a public centre providing access to history, research and new ideas making the place a hotspot for local engagement and city development.
Children are not left out. There is an exhibition dedicated to children showcasing technology development as perceived by young Zambians, and the natural history section that exhibits different Zambian birds.
The craft shop at the museum gives visitors an opportunity to go back home with something that relates to Zambian culture.
Mrs Siatontola says it would not be possible to share Zambian history with the world without help from local companies like Proflight.
“The museum is among the most visited places in the city since its easily accessible within the city. We receive a lot of tourists in different categories, the locals themselves, foreign travellers, and a large number of school children.
“Airline company Proflight is bringing in local and international travellers. Flying as the mode of transport encourages international travel,” she said.
“Because we have an international airport, we have the privilege of having more international travellers and the new airport being built will even provide more travelling capacity.”
She further expands: “Ndola has a lot of tourist attractions carrying the history of Zambia.”
With Proflight promoting Ndola as a destination not only locally but also internationally on its Ndola-Johannesburg service, this benefits the mining sector and tourism as well, she added.
Attractions in Ndola
In addition to the museum, Ndola has a lot of other tourist attractions.
A few kilometres from the city centre is Lake Chilengwa locally known as the sunken lake.
To the south of Ndola along Kabwe road is Nsobe Game Camp home to animals such as giraffes, zebras and antelopes, green botanical gardens and great food.
Dag Hammarskjöld Crash Site Memorial is a lovely place to visit with the Mupapa Slave Tree site of a slave market in the 19th century.
Sports play a big part in the social life of the local people, and the city has developed tennis courts, a rugby pitch, an excellent golf course near the Kafubu River and the ultra-modern Levy Mwanawasa Football Stadium that offers more room for athletic sporting activities.
Ndola has something for you, whether you are seeking business or investment opportunities, an adventure or leisure life.
Ndola is approximately a five-hour drive from Lusaka while by flight from Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport to Ndola Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe airport is only 45 minutes away with Proflight Zambia.
The airline’s new Ndola-Johannesburg service provides travellers with an early and flexible flight schedule into and out of South Africa allowing further connections on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in addition to its four-times-a-day Lusaka service and three-times-a week Solwezi service.
Proflight has strong connection with Ndola which can be traced back in 2005 when it officially introduced its first scheduled flights on the Jetstream 32 aircraft, now replaced by its larger 50-seat CRJ jet and Dash 8-300 aircraft and 29-seater Jetstream 41.
A glimpse of the future
The city marvels as the third largest city in Zambia. A well-planned city by the local council has the cleanest streets, giving you a nice environment for walks and sightseeing.
With current infrastructure developments taking place, new businesses being set up in the city, new roads, shopping malls, hotels and the new airport shaping up, Ndola city adds to its changing face, demonstrated by the first ultra-modern stadium in the country and two major shopping malls.
To explore Ndola, book a flight with Zambia’s leading local airline Proflight Zambia at its website www.flyzambia.com.
About Proflight Zambia
Proflight Zambia was established in 1991 and is Zambia’s leading scheduled airline. From its base in Lusaka its domestic routes include Livingstone, Mfuwe, Ndola, Solwezi and Ndola-Solwezi and regional routes to Lilongwe in Malawi, Durban and Johannesburg in South Africa.
The airline prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service, and offering good value to business and leisure travellers locally and internationally.
The airline operates a 50-seater Bombardier CRJ-100 jet, 50-seat Bombardier Dash 8-300, and three 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft.
More information is available at www.flyzambia.com.