NDOLA IN ZAMBIA
An important commercial center in Zambia, Ndola lies some 320 kilometers north of Lusaka. It is the gateway to the mineral producing region of the country. Like Lusaka, the development of Ndola has been rapid and extensive. There are many manufacturing industries here, including a major copper refinery. Although copper is still Zambia’s largest foreign exchange earner and the mainstay of the national economy, the city of Ndola has established itself as a commercial and light industrial center of considerable importance, as well as being the junction and distribution center for the Copperbelt complex. The oil pipeline from Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania ends its 1700 km journey at the Ndola refinery. Modern factories, offices and shops line the Central Business District A big attraction in Ndola is the annual Zambia International Trade Fair in July. A number of newspapers and journals are printed in the city.
Ndola is not big on sightseeing options. If you do have time to spend in the city, try the Copperbelt Museum in Buteko Ave, diagonally opposite the New Savoy Hotel. It has many interesting samples of the minerals found here as well as cultural arts and crafts. It is unfortunate that the exhibits are squashed into a small shop, but it’s still worth a visit. It also sells local curios and copper items. Lake Chilengwa, lying about sixteen kilometers southeast of Ndola is one of two sunken lakes found on the Copperbelt. The other being the 100 meter deep Lake Kashiba, Further south on the Kapiri Mposhi road. Both lakes have local cultural significance. The lakes are formed by the collapse of surface rock into the underlying limestone. Lake Kashiba offers basic camping facilities, safe swimming and good birdwatching. Lake Chilengwa right on the Zairean border is considered to be a security risk. Armed policemen found at the roadblock at Chiwala school will accompany any visitors to the lake. The Dag Hammerskjold Memorial ten kilometers along the Ndola/Kitwe road commemorates the sight where the United Nations Secretary General died in a plane crash during the Katanga crisis in Zaire in 1961. Again, due to proximity to Zaire, caution must be exercised when visiting the memorial.