Kitwe is located some 180 miles (290 kilometers) from Lusaka, the country's capital.
Visitors commonly use Kitwe as a launch pad for further explorations. This popular region has been blessed with numerous terrific natural and man-made attractions. Two places in the vicinity of Kitwe are Chingola, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the southeast, and Ndola, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the west.
Those who prefer getting off the main tourist trail will love Kitwe's wildlife safaris.
For many, traveling is as much about eating and drinking as it is about visiting sites, so be sure to explore the food at the region's restaurants. Millet and sometimes mutton are frequently used in this region. Cooked freshwater fish and ndiwo (relish from meat and vegetables) are much-loved options to taste. Top it all off with golabjamoun (sweet potato, flour and milk), a local dessert. Have a chibuku while you are here. It is one of the region's most popular beers. And of course, whatever time of day it is, Zambia is a great place to order maheu (maize meal drink).
The 24th of October is Independence Day, so if you're lucky enough to be in Kitwe then, remember that banks, business and some attractions may have different opening hours to normal as the country celebrates.
The nearest major airport, Ndola Airport, is located in Ndola, 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the southeast of Kitwe, so take that into account when planning your trip.