Chililabombwe Town;
“A Place Where Frogs Croak”

Chililabombwe is a copper mining town located on the copperbelt province of Zambia. It is a relatively small town with a population of just over 80,000 people.

Fondly called Chiliz by the locals, Chililabombwe, which means 'place where frogs croak’ in local language, was called Bancroft in colonial days.

Chililabombwe Town

Being a copper mining town, mining is the main economic activity and the first mine, which was called Bancroft, opened in 1957. Chililabombwe boasts of being home of the deepest and the wettest mine in the world. The copper mines are currently run by the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM).


Although Chililabombwe is in Lamba land, Bemba is the most widely spoken language. But because of the mixing of different people from different tribes due to employment, you will also come across other Zambian languages.

Out and About

Chililabombwe has many places of interest nearby, one of which is the Chembe Bird Sanctuary, located about thirty minutes’ drive from Kitwe town and the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage.

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, as the name suggests, is a wildlife orphanage for the sick, wounded or unwanted animals. But it is best known as home to orphaned chimpanzees.

The Orphanage was started by a British couple David Siddle (who died on June 30 2006) and his wife when they nursed an injured chimpanzee back to health in 1983. The sanctuary has since then grown from one chimpanzee to 140 chimpanzees. Today, Chimfunshi is one of largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world.

Getting There

Chililabombwe is easily reachable from any of the copperbelt towns. It is about 30 kilometres from Chingola, it's nearest town and 20 kilometres north from the DRC border.


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