Arts and leisure

It has been said that there is little entertainment to be had in Lubumbashi, however if you know where to look you will soon find there is lots that you can get involved in.

The city has an excellent Museum which is currently showing the very informative Congo Exhibition.

There is also an art gallery within the Museum which is worth a visit, it often hosts exhibitions by Congolese and internationally known artists.

There is French cultural centre in the centre of town called the Halle d’Etoile.  Music concerts, theatre, film and art exhibitions are regular features at this unique venue which has an open air courtyard ideal for relaxing and listening to music. The monthly open mike Jazz night on the last Friday of the month has become very popular over the last few years.

There are a few gyms and swimming pools in the city although these can be expensive.  The Golf course is a beautiful location to have a game of golf or to enjoy a meal as well as the trees and beautifully landscaped course. Tennis courts can be found at the Belgium Club and at the Gecamine sports centre.

Lubumbashi has a zoo which accommodates tigers, lions although no bears!  There is also a chimpanzee rescue centre attached to the zoo which is worth a visit especially at feeding time!

You can hire pedalo’s at La Plage and have a pleasant hour on the lake.

If it’s a day out you’re looking for then Muyombo park is situated just on the outskirts of the city. This is a great family day out where you can see giraffe, zebra and various antelope in their natural setting.  There is also a restaurant and play park for children.

A little bit further afield you can drive an hour out of the city to John Numbi’s farm where can spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the cafe by a quiet river.  Kafubu River Lodge is a 3 hour drive but well worth it, they also have accommodation so you can make a weekend of it.

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