While the Copperbelt Province is the industrial heartland of Zambia, there are a few interesting spots for tourists too. The most important is the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world. The Copperbelt's major towns – Kitwe, Ndola and Chingola – are nice spots to break up the trip with museums, comfortable hotels and some good restaurants.
The region is home to the country's lucrative copper-mining industry. After a slump during the 1970s, the cost of copper and cobalt went through the roof in the early 21st century and this has once more seen the region prosper as Zambia records impressive economic growth. As you drive through the region, it's a common sight to pass trucks carrying large sheets of stacked copper to take across the borders.