Where to stay
There is a small choice of hotels here, but they aim at visiting business-people and prices are correspondingly high.New Savoy Hotel
(154 rooms) 12 Buteko Avenue, PO Box 71800, Ndola; tel: 02 611097/8; fax: 614001; telex: ZA 30020
This has always tried to maintain its image as the most lavish hotel in Ndola, and prides itself on its casino and 'suspended swimming pool situated on the mezzanine floor'. It stands on Buteko Avenue, just off Maina Soko Road, near the eastern end of Broadway, in the heart of Ndola. There is a secure car park here and its rooms boast CNN and 24-hour video on demand. They are comfortable and functional, but lack originality.
The Savoy was bought by its management and some private investors, a few years ago, and has since had some problems. Check on its current state before you book in here.Mukuba Hotel
(52 rooms) PO Box 72126, Ndola; tel: 02 651000/4 or 651009; fax: 651007; email: email@example.com
This reasonable hotel is inconveniently located about 6km from the centre, on the southern side of town adjacent to the grounds used for the annual Trade Fair. To get there head south towards Kabwe, then take a right into the industrial area, on to Arkwright Road, then Crompton Road.
If you have transport, then it is worth the trip. The rooms all have tea/coffee makers, two telephones and a fridge. The televisions in the rooms are very well served with video channels, CNN, M-Net and various other TV stations, whilst outside there is a 9-hole golf course, with a small resident herd of impala. For a drink there is a choice of three bars, and for dining the excellent Chondwe Restaurant. If you can live with the ten-minute drive from the centre of town, this is better value than the more flashy Savoy.Travellers' Lodge
(52 rooms) PO Box 240040, Ndola; tel: 02 621840; fax: 614476; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the corner of Vitanda Street and Kabelenga Avenue, the Travellers' Lodge is under the same progressive management as the Edinburgh Hotel in Kitwe. It's also quite an old hotel, having opened in the mid-1940s, at the heart of Ndola's business district. (Back then it had several different names, including the Coppersmith Arms and the Naaznina Hotel.)
Its rooms all have en-suite facilities, as well as satellite TV, direct-dial telephones, minibar/fridges and tea/coffee machines. Downstairs there's a restaurant, a bar and secure parking.The New Ambassador
(30 rooms) PO Box 71198, Ndola; tel: 02 617071
The New Ambassador is found on President Avenue, fairly near the Plaza Cinema, and is more basic than either the New Savoy or the Mukuba.