Lubumbashi Travel Guide

  • Centre-Ville Streetscape
    Centre-Ville Streetscape
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  • Kipopo River leading to the lake
    Kipopo River leading to the lake
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  • malachite is everywhere.
    malachite is everywhere.
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Lubumbashi Things to Do

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    by Ramonq Written Sep 21, 2009

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    Mayombo Park in the northern outskirts of Lubumbashi is a mini-safari park with some herbivores freely roaming around the grasslands, although some baboons are tied up because of mischievousness. You can hire a quadbike and whizz around the place or take a leisurely trip around on a jeep. There is a large children's playground section too. It's a good day out of Lubumbashi.

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Lubumbashi Restaurants

  • One of the best

    La Bouchere only opened recently and is located where the Artiste was down the back of La Plage. Excellent Ambience (even when quiet) great service, good choice nice little bar and right beside the lake. South African influence. I cannot fault it to date. All good so far the Prawn Avacodo Cocktail is to die for.

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  • Fine Game Dining

    This is a restaurant, which is part of a bush complex, that has an atmosphere of a game lounge with lots of trophy heads of African animals. It's located in the outlying suburbs of Lubumbashi. There are ostriches roaming around outside and an African-style gazebo restaurant/bar. The food has a very African flavour. Game meat is served, however one...

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  • Menu changes often (unique in...

    Lost in Katanga, you are happy sometimes find a place that reminds you civilization. The restaurant of Planet Hollyboom offers great atmosphere and great dining possibilities with a good wine card. Everything on the menu. As it varies a lot, recommending something is difficult since you migh nt ave the same the time you come. Alo, they make best...

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  • Cuisine d'Inspiration

    In the Golf area, inside one of the best guest houses of the city, the restaurant CHEZ ROBERT offers good international dishes by the chef Robert from Liège. You can have diner outside with a view on the garden and the swimming pool wit a quality service thn you don't often find in Congo I like he typical Belgian cooking from Liège, you cannot...

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  • Dining at the horse club

    Among the few restaurant were food is eatable in Lubumbashi, Le Centaure offers a good international cuisine. Contrary to many other restaurants, the menu varies quite often, although the preparation is always linked to what you can find in the shopslocally, which is close to nothing.However, you have the possibility to have a good dinner or a good...

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  • Bush Camp

    A little bit out of town, as the name can indicate, the Bush Camp is a very good place to be during the weekend. In the middle of a large property, with a farm, giant gardens, there is a huge African house with all western comfort: big bar, lots of tables and big barbecue. There is only one dish: barbecue. You have a choice of different meats. You...

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Lubumbashi Nightlife

  • Katanga flavour dance club

    N'Temba seems to be a popular name for dance clubs in Africa. There is one here in Lubumbashi. As in other African cities, this N'Temba is very African. Women in traditional African garb and men in suits mix around the numerous bars inside this spacious club. It may look unassuming outside, but step inside and you will be surprised at the...

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  • Dance the Night away

    Locals call Lubumbashi either Lushi or Bum. Hence the name Planet Hollybum! This complex has an accommodation area, a restaurant and a nightclub. The nightclub is perhaps the most Western dance place in Lushi. While most dance clubs in Lubumbashi play Congolese music and patronised by middle aged folks, Planet Hollybum is decidedly hip and modern....

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Lubumbashi Shopping

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    by Alpha_Ghana Written Jan 6, 2009

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    Local craft, mainly art made of malachite and black copper (copper refined to 92%) are very expensive in Katanga. If you travel to DRC, buy the craft in Kinshasa or other towns. It is much cheaper yet made in Lubumbashi.

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Lubumbashi Local Customs

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    by Alpha_Ghana Written Aug 2, 2008

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    The biggest bank note value is 500 Francs, wich is less than 1$. Congoleses use to keep this low quality paper notes in their crotch. It means the sweat of is warm and humid place destroys and dirties them quickly.
    Always wash your hands if you manipulate DRC bank notes, and be careful if you carry them in your pocket, you can catch louses.

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Lubumbashi Warnings and Dangers

  • Go out at night

    End of 2008: crisis, 177 mining companies have closed, 30000 people have lost their job. Katanga becomes very dangerous. Expatriates are shot at gun point in towns. If you have to go to Lubumbashi, stay at home with protection at night fall. Lots of murders and robberies.

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  • PCR

    When you drive in Lubumbashi and whole Katanga, you will very often see on the side of the road you will see people with yellow helmets and yellow shirts. They are supposed to be road police. In fact, they just stop you to collect your money.If they stop you, try first to escape. If it is not possible, stop, block the doors of your car and only...

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Lubumbashi Tourist Traps

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    by Alpha_Ghana Written Aug 2, 2008

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    Katanga is capitale of copper. If you want to buy any craft made of metal (balck copper, brass, etc.) don't buy it in Lubumbashi, it is really far too expensive even if you negotiate well.

    Unique Suggestions: Estimate the weight of the craft, and compare it to the price of the commodity on the international market.
    Example: you want to buy a plate weighting 1kg of brass. The most expensive metal of this alloy is copper, 9$ per kilo. The value of this craft is so a maximum of 15$. Any penny above that is wasted.

    Fun Alternatives: If you have the opportunity to go anywhere else, even in Kinshasa, buy it there. It is made in Lubumbashi but with the 2000 km transport costs, it arrives much cheaper in Kinshasa.

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Lubumbashi Sports & Outdoors

  • Mazembe

    Watch football at Kenya Stadium and observe the locals root for their team. Mazembe is a crowd favourite here. Lots of choreography and brass band.

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  • Golf de Lubumbashi

    18 holes golf in very good condition at a quite cheap rate (800USD per year for membership). what you need for golf.

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