Flights to Kabwe
Though it is close to several great Zambian nature parks, the city of Kabwe is not a typical tourist destination because it is mainly a mining industry town with few of its own attractions. But you can see a lot of Zambia if you are staying in Kabwe, particularly the local natural sights.
For international flights to Kabwe, you are best to arrive at the Lusaka International Airport (airport code: LUN) which is about 100km away from Kabwe. Several bus lines have routes between Kabwe and Lusaka so the trip should be easy to arrange. Flights to Kabwe will be limited but you do have a few options when travelling from South Africa. South African Airways has a short non-stop flight, and you can also fly with Air Namibia for a stop-over in Windhoek. Air Botswana also has a one-stop flight to Kabwe through Gaborone.
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The Tourist Attractions of Kabwe:
Kafue National Park
The Kafue National Park is west of Kabwe though you will have to take some of the smaller local roads to get there. Most of the area is wooded, with some rockier hilly places in the southern portions of the park. Wildlife is common throughout the park, and you are very likely to see elephants, lions, cheetahs, zebras, and many species of antelope such as the impala, sable and bushbuck. There are some very nice lodges in the park for overnight accommodation. Guides can take you on jeep drives or walking tours to see the scenery and animals.
Lower Zambezi National Park
There are main roads heading through Lusaka to get to the Lower Zambezi National Park, which is right on the border with Zimbabwe. Most of the park is woods and grassland, and a river basin along the Zambezi River to the south. You’ll need a 4×4 to get around the park as the roads through the park are very rough. Most of the park’s wildlife is found near the river, and you can expect to see hippos, lions, antelope, buffalo, elephants, crocodiles and a few leopards.
Lukanga Swamp is closer than the other two parks though there are no direct roads heading there from Kabwe. These wetlands are not easily accessed and are not officially protected, but if you want to see some remote parts of Zambia, this is the place. Some parts are permanently flooded with most of the outlying areas only flooded during the rainy seasons. Within the swamp area, you can see hippos, crocodile, bushbuck antelopes and a lot of water birds. If you are on the far side of the swamp from Kabwe, there are also herds of elephants and buffalo.
When Should You Visit?:
Kabwe is always quite warm but there are a few months with more comfortable weather than the others. Thankfully, the cooler months are also the dry ones, so they do make the best time to visit. That would be in June and July, when the temperatures only reach 23C (73F) and rains are non-existent. The hotter season falls not long after in September, October and November. Then you can expect higher temperatures around 30C (86F).