Flight tickets from Lanseria to Lubumashi

Lubumbashi is situated in the south-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is the second largest city in the country. With a population of over 2 million, populations of both Congolese and foreign citizens, Lubumbashi stands out as a point of interest for its cultural heritage, lively night-life and peaceful attractions. As the economic capital of the region, it is an important hub for local businesses and international trade. This article will explore the unique aspects of Lubumbashi and discuss why the city is worth visiting.

Getting to Know Lubumbashi

Lubumbashi is the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) located in the southeastern part of the country. It is the third largest city of DRC, with an estimated population of about 2 million inhabitants. Lubumbashi falls within the Western African Time Zone (UTC +1) and observes daylight saving time between October and March. The official language is French, but Swahili, Lingala, and Kikongo are also spoken in the city. The official currency used in Lubumbashi is the Congolese Franc (CDF) which is issued by the Central Bank of the Congo.

Climate and Weather

The climate of Lubumbashi is subtropical with an average annual temperature of 24.5 °C. There are two distinct seasons: a hot, wet season (October to May) and a mild, dry season (June to September). The wet season is characterised by high temperatures and substantial rainfall (averaging 900 mm). Temperatures are highest in October and November, with an average of 26.5°C. The dry season is much more pleasant, with temperatures in the mid 20s and little to no precipitation. Winters in Lubumbashi can be very cold at times, and temperatures can drop to as low as 3°C. Snowfall is rare, but not unheard of. Lubumbashi also receives a significant amount of sunshine all year round, making it an ideal place to visit during any season. While getting a tan may be difficult in the wet season, the sun is warm and pleasant even during the coldest months.

Touring Lubumbashi: Airport and Transportation

There are two airports in Lubumbashi. The main airport is called Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport and the secondary airport is called Luano Airport. To get from the main airport to downtown in Lubumbashi you can take a taxi, with the cost ranging from 10-15€. You can also take a bus from the airport to downtown, with the cost approximated at 2€. It is possible to change money at Lubumbashi Airport, however, the exchange rate is usually not favourable compared to other locations.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Lubumbashi

  1. Lubumbashi has a long and rich history. It began as an administrative town in the 19th century, and later served as the capital of the mineral-rich Katanga Province during the Belgian Congo era
  2. Lubumbashi has strong influences from both its African and European past. It has a large population of ethnic Tshiluba and Swahili people, as well as colonial architecture that can still be seen in buildings such as the colonial governor's palace
  3. Lubumbashi is known for its vibrant music, art and culture, hosting numerous cultural events, festivals, and activities such as traditional music, dance, street theatre, and more. It is also known for its lively night-life scene

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