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Car hire

Europcar offers car rentals from Ndola Airport.


In Ndola you aren't spoiled for choices as far as hotels go. The Mukuba Hotel is probably the best on offer. It has limited wifi available. There are gardens to walk around in, and you may spot some peacocks (if you hear screeches it's likely to be from these birds, and the croaks are the frogs).

What do do

About 10km from Ndola is the Dag Hammarskjöld Crash Site Memorial and Museum.

Cheap Flights from Johannesburg to Ndola

So, you've smartly chosen to fly instead of to drive from JNB to NLA. The way to make sure that you get the cheapest flight from Johannesburg to Ndola (Zambia) is to first check the airfare of every airline.

Interair & Airlink offer direct flights (Zambezi Airlines have quit) - compare prices with 1-stop airlines using the flight price comparison tool on the left and the links to the flight reservation systems.

See our Zambia flights page for a list of all the air connections between South Africa and Zambia.


  • 13 Jan 2014 : South African Airways increases the frequency of its flights from Johannesburg to Ndola from 19 to 20 a week. Clearly the route is a bit of a moneyspinner for them.

  • 9 Sep 2012 : Interair commences twice weekly flights between Johannesburg & Ndola, on Thursdays & Sundays.

  • 3 Aug 2012 : Airlink adds a Friday afternoon flight from Joburg to Ndola, scheduled to leave Johannesburg at 15h15.

  • 11 Apr 2012 : South African Airlink adds an additional morning departure from Johannesburg to Ndola on Mondays & Wednesdays, in Embraer ERJ 135 regional jets. Flights are scheduled to leave JNB at 07h10 and arrive in Ndola at 09h20, with return flights scheduled to leave Ndola at 09h55, and arrive in Johannesburg at 12h10. 

  • 1 Oct 2011 : SAA starts flying from Johannesburg Ndola, here's the press release: "South African Airways (SAA) is set to commence operations to Ndola (Zambia) from 1 October 2011. Recently awarded for the best “Service Excellence in Africa”, the airline will fly to Ndola three times a week, in support of its goal to strengthen its African route network. The introduction of this new route will provide a convenient air connection between South Africa and Zambia. Ndola is not only the third-largest city in Zambia, it is also the heart of the copper belt and Zambia’s mining capital. Theunis Potgieter, SAA’s GM Commercial adds: “The introduction of this route is aligned to the airline’s growth strategy, which aims to introduce new services to feasible destinations, enhancing business travel which effectively nurtures economic growth on the African continent.” This route will be serviced by the A319 aircraft which accommodates 120 customers in a two class configuration, which includes business and economy class. SAA flights to Ndola will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. SAA is working closely with its partner, SA Airlink, complementing their early morning departures from Johannesburg; to give customers increased travel options The introduction of this route follows SAA’s recent announcement of three new routes to Bujumbura (Burundi), Kigali (Rwanda) and Cotonou (Benin), from 31 October this year."

  • 27 Sep 2011 : Ndola International Airport is renamed Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (after the United Progressive Party Leader)

Airlines flying from Johannesburg to Ndola



Johannesburg (JNB) to Ndola Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport (NLA)


South African Airlink

Johannesburg (JNB) to Ndola Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport (NLA)


As the crow flies, it's 1455km from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Ndola Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport. On the way you pass over South Africa, a sliver of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia (watch our for Kariba dam which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe).

Flight Reviews

street in Chingola in Zambia 29 April 2013. I flew with Airlink from O.R. Tambo to Ndola Airport in Zambia. I started to expat for a company in Zambia and stayed in Chingola, a town situated in the Copper enriched area of Zambia. I worked every day except Sundays. I went to a different church every Sunday and had the experience of a lifetime in one of them. I discovered a humbleness and a passion for God amongst the Zambians and I am proud to say that I had the opportunity to share it with them. The busiest place in Chingola is a shop called Nono’s and they sell the best soft twirled ice cream I’ve ever tasted abroad. In October I flew back to South Africa to spend some time with my family. I returned to Zambia a week later making use of Airlink. Approaching our landing at Ndola Airport, we were informed by the Captain that his co-pilot, a lady pilot in training, would perform the landing. I studied the faces of a few passengers and quietly smiled to myself and wondered what went through their minds at that specific moment. She executed a perfect landing, the best I’ve ever experienced. There was no bump, only the rumbling of the wheels told us that the rear wheels were down on the tarmac and running. The same happened with the nose-wheel. The engines went into reverse thrust and as the plane slowed and taxied down the runway there was some whistling and shouting and a lot of clapping going on. I spend another two and a half weeks finishing the project before I returned to O.R. Tambo making use of Airlink once again. I have a non-malignant growth in my back near my shoulder blade which causes me a lot of discomfort depending on the way I sit. I flew economy class and fifteen minutes into our flight I started to experience a lot of discomfort. The stewardess, a lovely lady with a lovely personality, noticed it and came up to me, asking what is wrong. I explained my situation to her. She went to the front of the aircraft and returned a few minutes later, asking me to gather my belongings and to follow her. To my amazement I was given a Business Class seat in the very front row next to the window. The softer seat and ample leg space ensured that I spent the remainder of my flight in utter comfort and luxury.

Written by Burger Vosloo

Invited to First Class Lounge

Patricia embarked on an epic trip from Denver to Johannesburg to Ndola, Zambia: "A man walking through the security line mentioned that he was on the same flight to South Africa as me, and he invited me to go to the First Class lounge for the duration of the layover.  What luck!...Everything was scheduled as on-time with the 3 hour flight from Johannesburg to Ndola, Zambia.  30 minutes before the flight, the passengers boarded a bus that would drive us to the plane for boarding.  We stood on the bus for 25 minutes before it departed the terminal.  In 5 minutes, it reached a small plane – under which mechanics were working.  As we still sat and stood on the bus, we observed one of the mechanics who frequently retreated from his work under the plane to the pilots standing at the airplane door, at which point he would shrug his shoulders and throw his hands up in the air.  Great!  Our plane is broken! " (link to Patricia's blog post has been removed, as it stopped working).

sunset in Ndola, Zambia

Overland directions

By road from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Ndola Airport it is some 1896km, taking some 25 hours. The route takes you from JNB past Pretoria, Harare (Zimbabwe), Lusaka (Zambia) Chibombo, Kabwe (Kabwe means "ore", and pre-independence was called Broken Hill, named after a similar mine in Broken Hill, Australia. Zambia Railways has its headquarters in Kabwe), Kapiri Mposhi and then Ndola.

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