Welcome to Mpika
Mpika is a busy crossroads town on the Great North Rd. The old road (M1) runs north to Kasama and Mpulungu, while the newer road (T2) runs northeast to the Tanzanian border at Nakonde. It's actually a tale of three towns, with the old colonial-era town east of the highway, the 'Tazara' town near the train station southwest of the highway and a new town stretching along the road. It is a good supply stop, with several petrol stations, ATMs, plus several well-stocked shops and an excellent lodge with an awesome pub. It can also serve as a base to tackle South or North Luangwa national parks if you have a 4WD.