Flights to Ndola
Situated just 10 kilometres from the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the city of Ndola is in north central Zambia and is the third largest city in the country. Despite the size Ndola isn’t particularly known as a tourist destination as mining is the main industry here; however, tourists will find a few things to see and do.
The large Ndola Airport (airport code: NLA) which handles international flights to Ndola from several airlines. When coming from Johannesburg, you can get a non-stop flight to Ndola with South African Airways, Zambezi Airlines or Kulula Airlines. These flights are all around 2 hours long. Otherwise, you can fly with Kenya Airways and stop in Nairobi or with Air Botswana for a 2-stop flight to Ndola via Gaborone as well as Nairobi.
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The Tourist Attractions of Ndola:
Ndola is a city situated on the Copperbelt which runs through Central Africa. This important copper mining area has been running the economy of Ndola for many years, and though this is a historic town (it’s actually the second oldest colonial era town of Zambia), there really is much in the way of history to see here today.
You can explore the more recent history though at the city’s main museum, called the Copperbelt Museum. This is an interesting visit for anyone who would like to find out how copper is mined and the processed and it also presents the history of copper mining in Ndola.
And if you’d like to find out even more about mining in the region you can head to Kitwe, a city a little way to the west of Ndola, where there are couple of large mines you can visit. Kitwe is the second largest city in Zambia so it’s larger than Ndola and offers a slightly better selection of shops and restaurants. While in Kitwe you can also enjoy several tourist attractions such as the Mwekwera Falls, or the nearby Chembe Bird Sanctuary. Boat rides on the lake are popular here, or you can just bring a picnic and discover some of the local bird populations.
Nsobe Game Camp
If you want to get out and see some of the local wildlife, the closest place to Ndola you can do this is at the Nsobe Game Camp, about 65 kilometres outside the city. The camp is nice in that it offers several different ways to get closer to the wildlife such as hiking and boating, and the more usual safari tours. You can also choose to stay at the camp in bush tents, or opt for the more comfortable chalets!
Lower Zambezi National Park
The main national park in the region is the Lower Zambezi National Park, though this is about 5 hours drive from Ndola. Still, it’s worth the trip as this is an excellent national park where you can go on safari tours or do a spot of fishing. There are numerous species within the park to see including crocodiles, elephants, hippos and buffalo, and while you’re out this way you can also take a trip into the capital, Lusaka.
When Should You Visit?:
Ndola doesn’t suffer extremes of temperature and the temperature range isn’t that great. This means that most times of the year will be ok for travel. The hottest weather comes in September to November, with an average high around 30C, but in June, the coolest month, it’s around 24C.