Lubumbashi

 

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There is much to do in the areas surrounding the city of Lubumbashi.

There are some interesting historical sites such as the tomb of Chief M’siri and the Belgium Lieutenant who shot him at opposite ends of the town of Bunkeya, this is approximately 3 hour drive from Lubumbashi.

If you’re into nature at it’s wildest then then look no further than the Kundelungu National Park  Lofoi falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Africa are to be found in this National Park.  It’s possible to go and set up camp for a weekend near to the falls and enjoy the spectacular views.

The stunning waterfalls of Masansa and Lutshipuka can also be found in Kundelungu Park.  Upemba National Park adjoins Kundelungu National Park’s boundary to the west.  This park is currently being returned to it’s former glory with the support of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Increased protection of the flora and fauna will hopefully mean that this park will once again become a destination for those seeking . There are still some zebras, various antelopes and even a few remaining elephant to be found in the park. We wish the team well with all their endeavours! If you’re up for a Sunday afternoon out, then a visit to one of a number of farms and lodges closer to Lubumbashi maybe just your thing.

Many of these places provide meals in their cafes, fish ponds, quiet river walks in their grounds, children’s play areas and rowing boats, some also offer accommodation which needs to be negotiated in advance.

If you prefer exploring other cities, then a weekend break in Kolwezi may take your fancy.  This town is smaller than Lubumbashi and is situated at a higher altitude.  It is close to the very beautiful Lualaba river one of the largest tributaries of the river Congo.

These days there are a number of guest houses where you can stay and enjoy discovering this very pleasant town whose town centre looks out on a small lake. Kolwezi can also be reached by air directly from Johannesburg.

If you prefer some more adventurous traveling then you may consider a trip to the beautifully located city of Goma a 3 hour flight from Lubumbashi.  On the banks of Lake Kivu with the dramatic backdrop of the Nyiragongo Volcano.  Virunga National Park is accessible from Goma where you can join organised treks with the park rangers to see the mountain gorillas.

Goma is situated close to the Rwandan border.  One can enter Rwanda by road but be sure to check visa requirements before starting out on this journey.

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