Kitwe town was founded in 1936. It is the second-largest town in Zambia. The population stood at about 470, 000 in the year 2000.
The city of Kitwe is found in the north-central of Zambia. Yes, it is right in the centre of the copperbelt!
At the moment, you can easily get to or from Kitwe by road since the only Airport in the town, Southdowns, 25 kilometers on Kalulushi road has long been closed.
Kitwe is also approximately 65 kilometres west of Ndola. The road is a well maintained dual carriage way, which takes less than an hour to reach Ndola. However, the town is approximately 350 kilometres from Lusaka.
The main bus station is in the second class trading area. From here you can connect to Lusaka, Luapula, Northern Province and Solwezi.
Kitwe is at the end of the line from Livingstone. You can board the train and pass through Ndola, Lusaka and up to Livingstone.
For quite some time, Kitwe, just like the rest of the copperbelt had been seeing a decline in the economic activity. But things have changed now! Secondary businesses have opened up such as those for food processing and furniture, clothing and cement manufacturing. The traffic congestion has gone up, just like Lusaka now!
The main market is situated near the Edinburg Hotel alongside the railway line. At Chisokone Curio market you find a variety of curios and souvenirs, with the emphasis on copper handcrafts.
There also places of interest near Kitwe. These include the crocodile pond at Chililabombwe, Mindolo Dam and Chembe Bird Sanctuary, which is set in a woodland reserve around a small lake.
There are plenty of Hotels and Lodges in Kitwe! Here are some of them:
Kitwe town has a pleasant scenery. Here, you find gently undulating woodland, dambos and farmland. One of the two major rivers found here is the the kafue river flowing along Kitwe’s outskirts.
There are two main underground mines in Kitwe. The Nkana, in the south-west and Mindolo, in the North-west. Nkana includes a concentrator, smelter and refinery as well as a cobalt plant. So, it righlt be said that Kitwe is right in the heart of the copper producing area!
One of the most important institutions found here is the Copperbelt University (CBU). Formerly this was the Zambia Institute of Technology (ZIT) which was founded in 1970. However, on 1st January 1989 it was integrated into the Copperbelt University (CBU).
The other Institution is the Kitwe Central Hospital (KCH). This is one of the three teaching hospitals in the country.
Where do you eat in Kitwe? Check out the following: Mona Lisa- at parklands shopping centre offers full Italian food, Mukwa restaurant - serving a variety of Indian food, Arabian nights - serves Pakistani cuisine, Acropolis Taverna - specializes in Greek cuisine and many more!
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You want to get away from the hustle and bustle of town life? Try Mubende Country Lodge, near Luanshya town. Situated at exactly 11 kilometres from Luanshya town, the lodge is truly a beauty.
The Levy Business Park, named after third president of the Republic of Zambia Levy Mwanawasa is dubbed as the "latest jewel".
The Golden Pillow Lodge, found in Southern Province has three branches; in Mazabuka, Monze and Choma.