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Lubumbashi is the Copper capital and the main town of the Province of Katanga, and is famous for its copper mining. An interesting fact is that the uranium used in the atom bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki came from the local now defunct Shinkolobwe Mine.
Lubumbashi is considered one of the most important tourist destinations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with tourists coming from afar to enjoy the diverse culture, scenic beauty, vast jungles, equatorial rainforests and active volcanoes in this largely unspoiled part of Africa.
The oldest inhabitants of the Congo are the Pygmies, who are exceptional hunters with bow and arrow. The FAO created a flourishing urban and peri-urban horticulture (UPH) sector which market gardens produce in excess of 60 000 tonnes of vegetables a year.

About Lubumbashi Flights

  • A flight between South Africa and Lubumbashi takes approximately 2h25m and covers a distance of 1619 km as the crow flies.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details


  • South African Passport holders do require a travel Visa for Lubumbashi and Congo.
  • The South African High Commission to the Congo is in Lubumbashi. 2875 Lumumba Avenue, Lubumbashi, Katanga. Tel: + 243 81 700 5291

See and do

The main tourist attractions in Lubumbashi include the regional archaeological and ethnological National Museum of Lubumbashi, a botanical garden that contains some rare plant species, some of which can only be found in Congo, and a zoo. There are also some wonderful ruins and closed mines that bear a visit and some great examples of colonial architecture, including the art-déco style Palace of Justice, the cathedral St Pierre et Paul, and the Grand Hotel.
Lubumbashi’s Mayombo Park is a mini-safari park that offers a great day out in nature, and the town offers a lively night life with many bars and clubs.
Popular souvenirs in Lubumbashi include local craft made from malachite and black copper which is copper that is refined to 92%.
A functional public transport system in Lubumbashi is direly lacking, and the only way of really getting about is via the private informal minibus transport services. Services are unreliable and expensive during rush-hours. A functioning bus service is on the cards.

Lubumbashi Airport – FBM

Lubumbashi International Airport (code FBM) was founded in colonial times and was first known as Elisabethville Airport then Luano Airport. It had a high-profile role during the Katanga war when it was seized by the United Nations Force in the Congo (ONUC) troops and used as a base against the secessionist government.
Most individuals hire a “protocole” to handle the business of baggage check-in, passport control etc. on their behalf as it can be hazardous to try to do this yourself due to the inherent corruption and bribery.
Food and beverage: Travellers can relax and have a drink in the Malabar Lounge, which has great views of the runway, but remember that taking photos is prohibited.
Airport Hotels: Accommodation near Lubumbashi Airport includes Grand Karavia Hotel, Hotel Lubumbashi, Park Hotel, and Hotel Cosmopolite.
Car Hire: There are taxis available for transfer to the city.
Airport Hub: Lubumbashi International Airport is a hub for Congo Express Airlines.

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