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Sixty four kilometres west of Ndola is Kitwe, the hub of the Copperbelt and the principle industrial and commercial centre of the area. The city owes its existence to the copper mining industry but a considerable number of secondary industries have been established. Planned on modern lines, Kitwe has a large shopping area with hotels, a cinema and theatre.

Kitwe is largely undeveloped as a tourist town, due to the focus on mining and industry, but nonetheless is blessed with beautiful scenery and has two big rivers within its boundaries. Mindolo dam, about seven kilometres to the Southwest of the city centre along Kalulushi Road, has a boating club, swimming pool and bar. If you travel down Obote Ave, you’ll find the market place where there is a fairly large curio stall selling a wide variety of copper items and other Zambian arts and crafts. Definitely worth a visit if you’re passing through. Makwera Falls and Lake is about 9 kilometres off the Kitwe-Ndola dual carriageway. The lake is a centre for fish farming. The falls are small but quite picturesque as they tumble from a small river over a wider rocky outcrop before settling in a shimmering pool on the rock basement. If one has an interest in mining it is possible to visit the mines and take a tour down one of the shafts.

Enquire at the ZCCM head office.

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  • FIRSTGOM's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2009 at 3:59 AM

    Thanks for the memory - I had forgotten Nchanga. I worked their 1966 -70 on computing models.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2006 at 3:23 PM

    Good to hear that Kitwe at least has some good beer to offer a weary traveller! It has been just over 30 years since I last worked there.

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