Information about the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Lubumbashi

Point of Interest

Lubumbashi in the southeastern part of Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the second-largest city in the country, after the capital Kinshasa. Lubumbashi is the mining capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, acting as a hub for many of the country’s biggest mining companies.[1] The copper-mining city serves as the capital of the relatively prosperous Katanga Province, lying near the border with Zambia. Population estimates vary widely but average around 1.5 million.

Economy
Lubumbashi serves as an important commercial and national industrial centre. Manufactures include textiles, food products and beverages, printing, bricks, and copper smelting. The city is home to the Simba brewery, producing the famous Tembo beer.
Lubumbashi, the mining capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a base for many of the country’s biggest mining companies. The Democratic Republic of Congo produces “more than 3 percent of the world’s copper and half its cobalt, most of which comes from Katanga.

Accomodation
If you are visiting Lubumbashi for the first time you will find many options for accommodation although hotels do not come cheap in the city.
In the city centre there are several hotels in the higher price range. Mid-range hotels can be found in the surrounding areas.
There are numerous smaller guest houses in the suburbs where accommodation is cheaper although standards can not be guaranteed.

Transport
Lubumbashi has an international airport.
You can fly directly to Lubumbashi from Nairobi with Kenya Airways, from Adis Adaba with Ethiopian Airways and from Johannesburg with South African Airways.
There are also daily flights from Kinshasa with Congolese Airline CAA. Korongo Airlines are soon to open, connecting Lubumbashi travellers directly to the daily SNBrussels flight between Brussels and Kinshasa as well as Johannesburg.
If you want to fly into some of the more rural locations you can fly to Kolwezi and Kalemi with Itab. Flights can also be chartered locally with MAF and other small airline operators.
Lubumbashi is accessible by road from Zambia via the border at Kasumbelesa which opens at 8am and closes at 6pm. Allow plenty of time for crossing this border due to the high volume of traffic which passes through the border and the paperwork which needs to be completed on both sides.
Travel by car is totally discouraged as the roads in the Congo are of quite poor quality and you risk being attacked in the remoteness around Lubumbashi.

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St Pierre and Paul’s Cathedral

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Hotel Grand Karavia

Hotel Lubumbashi

Hotel Lubumbashi

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Lubumbashi Centre

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University of Lubumbashi

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TPM football Club

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Restaurants in Lubumbashi

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Lubumbashi’s Zoo

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