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Lubumbashi the Second Largest City in the Country

Aug 18, 2007
Lubumbashi capital of Katanga province Congo near the border with Zambia. The second largest city of the country. Located in the south some 1500 km southeast of Kinshasa. Lubumbashi is pretty close to the border with Zambia and things here tend to be pretty different from the rest of the country.

It is a commercial and industrial centre. Copper is smelted there, and textiles, food products and beverages, printed materials, and bricks are manufactured. Founded in 1910, Lubumbashi was known as Elizabethville and prospered with the development of the regions copper mining industry. It also serves as a distribution centre for other minerals, including cobalt, zinc, tin, and coal.

The city is the site of a university, a regional museum, and a modern airport.

With about 1 million people, Lumumbashi is a relatively compact city with gardens, nicely kept homes and red dirt roads. There arent any real sights or attractions, but a tour to see the mines that brought the region its wealth in the 1970s is well worth your time.

The dry season in the north is from December to February, and in the south, April to October. The temperature is warm year round and humidity is high.

Life is so cheap.The central market offers you good quality of divers European and African Food.

Primary education is compulsory, although it is difficult for a developing nation to meet this pledge because of the lack of facilities and an inadequate number of teachers.

Unless on essential business, we advise against all travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo outside of Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Matadi and other Government controlled towns.

Be very careful at night also during the day when walking alone, if you need any assistance, please asks people in office to direct you or show you the way. Some time policemen can be helpful but not all the time.

This is a vast country, with an almost non existent transport infrastructure. It has not been developed for tourism and this should be borne in mind when considering sightseeing.

Not a normal tourist destination. It is not a country where you go for a couple of weeks to relax and unwind. It is an experience for the active, adventurous traveller who respects nature and has a desire to immerse themselves in the local culture. It is an undiscovered land for travellers who enjoy trying the local food, a walk in the mud and who accept that this experience will be without cold beer and cokes on tap. If you really need lodges, whisky on the rocks and your television, please go somewhere else.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Lubumbashi Rental Site
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