Mini Philippines in the middle of Zambia
I will be the first to tell you that Zambia is insanely beautiful, but Zambia is also huge so sometimes it can be difficult to find things in the Copperbelt Province that are close by and fun to do. If there is one thing that the Copperbelt does in abundance its boating clubs/dams/man-made lakes. There is Mindolo Dam, Ndola Boating & Sailing Club, Luanshya Dam and of course the star of today’s post Mufulira Boating Club.
Mufulira is a small town located just an hour north of Kitwe, on the Copperbelt. The lake itself is around 25 minute drive further north of the town itself. Be warned it’s not exactly a tire road to get there, quite a few bumps on a gravel road.
There is a 25 Kwacha entrance fee, a not-so bank breaking £1.04! Once inside there are a variety of things you can do, including braai areas, picnic spots with tented benches, a swimming pool, football pitch, volleyball court, a bar, pool table and of course the lake to enjoy. On the lake you can take a boat ride for an additional fee or simply sit by the water to enjoy the sunset.
I went as a guest of some friends who were hosting a Christmas team building afternoon and it really was a perfect location for that. To play a few games, take photos and have a braai it was a great afternoon out, breathing in the fresh air.
Of course, for me a lover of flying my drone it is always important to get up in the air and see what happening. Wow! This was an incredible drone spot. Further down this large lake there were so many trees sitting like giant ducks in the water creating a sort of Filipino island vibe. I was completely in love.
I felt myself comparing Mufulira to Mindolo Dam in Kitwe because they sort of offer the same day out, but Mufulira was far superior. The views from the sky were far more breathtaking and I liked how they had better sheltered areas for a barbecue as well as other activities to enjoy.
10/10 would definitely recommend Mufulira Boating Club as a great place to visit on the Copperbelt. We went on a Friday afternoon and there were a few groups enjoying the space so I imagine on a weekend or a holiday the place could get pretty busy.