Lubumbashi is the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a population of 1,374,000 and the principal city of the Katanga region.


Creole Swahili is the principal language of the Copperbelt mining cities and is somewhat more different from classical East African Swahili than that spoken elsewhere along the eastern edge of Congo. Most people can communicate in French, and many of the elite are more at ease in French than Swahili. English is widely spoken in businesses.

Get in

Central railway station

By plane

Lubumbashi is served internationally by South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Zambian Airways. Flights within Congo D. R. are offered by Hewa Bora Airways , Korongo Airlines (operated by Brusselsairlines) and by CAA .

By bus

Connections via Zambia to Dar es Salaam and to South Africa.

By train

Freight trains connect to Zambia, Dilolo to the west on the Angolan border in Katanga province, Ilebo to the far northwest in Kasai Province with river transport on to Kinshasa, and via Kamina to Kindu and Kalemie (Lake Tanganyika border with Tanzania) to the north. Passenger service is infrequent and slow without international connections. Angola is completing rebuilding of the link from Dilolo to the ocean at Lobito after decades of war, and a direct rail link to Kinshasa, connecting on to the Atlantic coast, is again being planned.


The Cathedral of Saint Pierre and Paul.

Lubumbashi has several prominent examples of colonial architecture, such as the art-déco style Palace of Justice, the Grand Hotel or the cathedral Cathedral of Saint Pierre and Paul. Some have been restored in the last few years.



Plage Tshombe: several restaurants and bars, situated on Route du Golf at Lake Tshombe.

Le Boucher: A high end restaurant on La Plage Golf.

Lattelicious: an American style bar/restaurant and cafe in the Quartier du Golf.

Cercle Grec(Taverna Communaute Hellenique): The Greek Club in town, serves a variety of mezze and other plates. It also has sports grounds and a playground.

On Ave Kilela Balanda

Latte Lounge: Same owner as Lattelicious, located in town on Ave Kilela Balanda.

Planet Hollybum: A hotel on Ave Kilela Balanda, which also has an Italian restaurant, specializing in pizza.

India Spice: Indian restaurant, which serves buffet or a la carte.


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