Tourism

Tourism

The Copperbelt province is richly endowed with natural and cultural heritage tourism sites with rich history dating from precolonial rule to date. The major nature based tourist attractions include Lake Kashiba, near Mpongwe is a large natural sunken lake popular for boating and fishing. Lake Chilengwa is another sunken lake located south of Ndola, in Masaiti district.

The various river frontage of Kafubu, Kafue, Luswishi amongst other rivers and tributaries provide tranquil scenery for development of tourism facilities and amenities. Similarly, dams dotted around the province such as the Mindolo, Makoma, Mufulira and Lufwanyama also provide unique investment opportunities. In Chingola district 10 kilometres away is the Kapisha Hot Spring with a frontage of water flow into Kapisha Stream ideal for development of a hotspring Spa or resort where various health benefits can be derived.

The province is also popular for bird watching at Chembe Bird Sanctuary in Kalulushi district and in nearby forests. There is also the Chimpanzee Orphanage in Chingola which is home to 120 chimpanzees, many which were confiscated from poachers who attempted to smuggle them into Zambia for sale as pets, rescued from illegal bush meat trade and equally large number were rescued from dilapidated zoos and circuses from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

Treasured heritage sites and attractions on the Copperbelt include the Dag Hammarskjöld and Polish World War II Memorial Sites; the Copperbelt Museum of Geology; the fallen Chichele Mofu and Old Slave Tree; World War Memorial Monument Cynotaph in Kitwe and Ndola. Other historic sites include the Collier Monument and the Moir and Bell Monument of Mufulira and Luanshya are marked as sites where copper bearing ore was discovered in the early 1900’s.

The province is richly endowed with cultural heritage comprising various Lamba traditional ceremonies and dance.

The cities of Ndola, Kitwe, Chingola and other surrounding towns are long standing mining communities dotted with mines which excavate and process the various ores which include copper, cobalt and emeralds and other ores on an intentionally important scale. The Konkola Deep Mine and the Nchanga Open Pit Mine, both near Chingola are respectively the second deepest in Africa and the second largest open cast mine in the world, but mining has also been moving beyond the traditional mining territory westwards to Solwezi with huge new mines being sunk up to 100 km beyond the town.

The mining towns present an opportunity to grow mine tourism and heritage based tours, which offer a unique experience of tourism both underground and open pit, including history behind the establishment of the mines starting with indigenous mining activities to recent mines, that gave birth to the towns over the period of 50 years starting with Ndola in 1904 to Chililabombwe in 1957 and other towns.

Hospitality Industry

The Copperbelt Province has a number of good quality hotels that attract the business market with both international branded hotels and locally managed lodging facilities which offer good quality and affordable accommodation to meet the growing number of business travellers.

The current bed capacity in the province stands at over 200 hundred bed spaces. However, it is imperative that the bed capacity is increased for the province to meet the much anticipated increase in tourist’s arrivals, with upcoming mega investments of the New Copperbelt Airport current under construction. The new airport will be a regional hub, which is anticipated to receive a capacity of 1 million passengers per annum.

Located in Mpongwe District on a 120 hectares area. It is 800 meters in diameter and about 100 meters deep at the edges. The lake was formed as a result of seepage dissolving the underground limestone bedrock giving rise to underground caverns which upon collapsing created depressions that later filled with underground water. The lake is associated with a number of legends and its depth at the centre is still unknown which adds to its mystic. The lake has tremendous wilderness beauty which is accentuated by the surrounding Mushitu forest and the clear bluish hue of the water gives it a visual impression of a gigantic natural swimming pool.

Available Investment Areas:
Conference facilities, camping facilities, fishing by rod and line, water sports and scuba diving.

Lake Chilengwa National Monument

Lake Chilengwa is situated about 16km east of Ndola and about 3km west of the border with the Congo (DRC). The lake is roughly circular with a diameter of some 450 meters with a buffer zone of 500 meters all round it. The crater-like Lake was formed as a result of the schistose rock collapsing into a large underground cavern in the underlying limestone. The sides of the lake are steeply sloping though there are a few walking trails leading down to the water level. The water level is about thirty-four meters below the surrounding ground, while the greatest depth of the lake is approximated at twenty-one meters. The lake is associated with a number of legends and is held in reverence by the local people.

Available Investment Opportunities
Two (2) acres of land is available for development of a medium scale tourist resort suitable for water sports, fishing by rod, bird watching, camping, picnicking among other activities.

Kapisha Hot Spring

The Kapisha hot springs are situated in the Kapisha area of Chingola District about 10 kilometres from the centre of town. The site area covering the hot springs is approximated at 200 meters by 200 meters which would cover the immediate environments of the hot springs and the frontage of the water flow into the Kapisha stream. They are situated in a grassy and gently sloping plain and are of significant tourism potential as evidenced by the fact that although the absence of any visitor facilities, the site is already a popular destination for local tourists.
Available Investment Opportunities

  • A medium scale tourist resort offering natural heated swimming pools and a small golf course
  • Also suitable for recreation, camping, picnicking among other activities

Dag Hammarskjold Memorial Site

The Dag Hammarskjold National Monument is situated about 16km west of the City of Ndola in the Ndola West Forest Reserve. The National Monument area is 36 hectares in size and marks the site of the plane accident in which Dag Hammarskjold, former Secretary General of the United Nations Organization was killed on 18th September 1961 while on a mission attempting to negotiate peace between the warring parties in the now Congo (DRC).

Pipeline Projects

Planned construction of the Dag Hammarskjold Institute for Peace studies.
Available Investment Opportunities
The land behind the Museum at the site, 7 hectares in size, is available for investments such as a Shopping mall and Hotel.

Mwekera Rapids 

The site is located in Kitwe near Zambia Forestry College about 28km from the Kitwe town centre. It can be reached by travelling 17km from Kitwe town centre along the Kitwe-Ndola dual carriage way, then turn off at junction to Mwekera college travel 8km up to the college and then from college travel about 3km to reach the Mwekera rapids.

The Rapids are situated within the Mwekera National Forest reserve No. 06 which is about 19,777.264 hectares (197.77264sqkm) in size. Although the site is surrounded by Mwekera National Forest reserve under Forestry department, the rapids fall under National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC). The site has not been developed by NHCC and lacks basic facilities such as toilets.
Currently the site is visited by few tourists for day trips and camping due to the surrounding pristine environment and scenic beauty.
The access road to the site is almost impassable during rainy season due to swampy terrain about 1km after the Forestry College.

Available Investment Opportunities

  • Campsites/Eco lodges with camping facilities
  • Tour operation activities in nature and forest trails

Chemebe Bird Sanctuary 

The sanctuary is located in Kalulushi, 27km west of Kitwe District. The site is an area of miombo woodland and grassland covering 539 hectares. The area was declared a bird sanctuary in 1973 and in 1982 was given the same protection as that accorded to a National park. Some 301 of the 704 listed birds of Zambia have been reported at the site including notable species such as Fish Eagle, Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, Ducks And Geese, Hornbills and Vultures. Reptiles include the Nile crocodile and a variety of snakes. Chembe has been known to harbour species of migratory birds, some of which travel from as far as Europe. The period of movements of birds into the haven is from July to October with October being the climax of this spectacular occasion. The sanctuary has a dam. It is also quite a relaxing and serene environment.

Available Investment Opportunities Lodges/Camps offering outdoor activities including boating, canoeing angling, bird/game viewing

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