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Town Medium Mbala

ID: w147122 View large map

Located in Zambia :: Great North  :: Mbala
Category: Places :: Town Medium

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Description [ correction ]

Mbala is the last town on the plateau before the descent into the Rift Valley, towards Mpulungu on Lake Tanganyika. Originally the territory of Chief Zombe of the Bemba people, David Livingstone was the first European to arrive in the region in the 1860s. His writings (returned to London after his death) inspired the London Missionary Society to send missionaries to the region in the 1880s, they were followed by the African Lakes Company which established offices in Mbala and Mpulungu.

In an attempt to curb the slave trade in the region, the British sent Hugh Marshall to Chief Zombe’s Village (today Mbala) in 1893 to prevent other colonial powers getting a foothold in the region. Marshall built a fortified boma and in 1895 the British South Africa company took control of the area, naming it North-Eastern Rhodesia, the Zombe Boma was renamed Abercorn, after the company chairman. After Zambian Independence in 1964, the name was changed to Mbala.

Mpulungu is a small waterside town on the southern edge of Lake Tanganyika in Zambia’s Northern Province. It’s the only town in landlocked Zambia to boast a port; this said, the MV Liemba ferry which used to connect Zambia to other villages on the lake, including Kigoma in Tanzania, is no longer operational. With its lakeside location, it’s no great surprise that Mpulungu has lots of fisheries or that its economy is concentrated on fishing.

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  Zambia
Email :  Click Here
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  Airtel & Zamtel

Directions [ correction ]

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Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station :  Yes
Hospital : Yes
Doctor : Yes
Petrol :  Yes   Petrol Type :  Unleaded   Petrol Price Index :  ZMW 9.91 per litre (Oct-15)
Diesel :  Yes   Diesel Price Index :  ZMW 9.20 per litre (Oct-15)
Facilities :  Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Restaurant, Airport, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair

Activities [ correction ]
More Activities :  Visit the Kalombo waterfall and the Moro Moro Museum in this town.

Travelling Information

Tow-ins: +27(0)97 473 7848 / +260(0)96 676 1647 (Based in Lusaka). (2019).

Hospital contact added is for Mbala General Hospital. (Feb-19).

NOTE: Visitors to Zambia are advised to have their own personal travel insurance. Local police, hospitals, clinics etc. cannot be relied upon.
Please note that any emergency numbers indicated on our data will be for the local police, hospital, clinic etc. and most of the times, don't work. Many tourism sites show the numbers like 999 for police, they often don’t work.

If you have a medical problem when in Zambia, Specialty Emergency Services has a Call Centre (24 hours). Phone them on 737. This company has offices in Livingstone, Lusaka and Kitwe. But they will fly anywhere to assist if visitors have the right insurance. If you want to check your insurance, contact SES on [email protected] ( (2019).

There is a Barclays Bank and ATM in the town. (Feb-19)

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