Lubumbashi is the second largest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and capital of the mineral rich Katanga Province. It is situated 180 kms northwest of Ndola, Zambia and 120 kms from the Zambian Border. Lubumbashi is the named after a small local river. Katanga province is mined for copper, cobalt, zinc, cadmium, germanium, tin, manganese, and coal. Most international mining companies operating in Katanga are headquartered in Lubumbashi. Other industries include printing, brewing and milling.
Road links in the DRC are poor. Luano International Airport is a 20 minute ride from the Grand Karavia Hotel. To expedite immigration and customs clearance, visitors to Lubumbashi are advised to obtain protocol in advance of their arrival. This can be organised by the Grand Karavia on request.