Choma, Zambia
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Choma, Zambia
Location of Choma in Zambia
Location of Choma in Zambia
Choma is located in Zambia
Location in Zambia
Coordinates: 16°49?00?S 26°58?30?E / 16.81667°S 26.97500°E / -16.81667; 26.97500
CountryFlag of Zambia.svg Zambia
ProvinceSouthern Province
DistrictChoma District
(2010 Census)[1]
 o Total58,825

Choma is a market town and capital of the Southern Province of Zambia, lying on the main road and railway from Lusaka to Livingstone. Choma is also the headquarters of a district of the same name. Most of the district lies at 1400 metres above sea level. Choma Town is home to a small museum dedicated to the cultural heritage of the Tonga people of southern Zambia. The population of Choma District is said to be about 247,860[2] while the population Choma Town, which serves as the commercial hub for the central region of the province, is estimated at 46,000[3]. The Nkanga River Conservation Area lies nearby.


Choma has the typical climate of southern Zambia with temperatures between 14 °C and 28 °C and sunshine ranging between 9 and 12 hours per day. The highest temperatures occur between the beginning of October and the end of December. Once the rains start, temperatures tend to fall, partly because of the rain and partly due to the often heavy cloud cover. The lowest temperatures are usually recorded in June and July.

The rains generally start in the middle of October and continue through up to the beginning of April. Rainfall reaches its peak around January after which it diminishes slightly up to the beginning of April when usually it ceases entirely. Choma has an average rainfall of 800 mm of which 369 mm falls in January and February. There are variations in total rainfall and rainfall patterns from year to year and even in a particular season. These variations can have a major impact on crop yield. Humidity falls to about 33% until the onset of rains in October after which it skyrockets to about 77% in February. Humidity nosedives once the rains cease in April. The wind is predominantly from the east and south-west, and to a lesser degree from the north-east. The strength of the wind from these directions can be comparatively strong.


Choma has a range of both state-funded and private schools. Some of the state funded schools include:

1. Choma Day Secondary School

2. Choma Secondary School (mission school)

3. Chuundu Day Secondary School

4. Batoka Secondary School

5. Masuku Secondary School (mission school)

6. Macha Girls' Secondary School (mission school)

7. Njase Girls' Secondary School (mission school)

8. St. Marks Boys Secondary School (mission school)

9. Swan Comprehensive School

Choma is also home to St Mulumba's Special School,[4] named after the Ugandan Saint Matiya Mulumba.

Government investment has increased in Choma since the late president Sata made it the administrative capital for Southern Province[5] with reports suggesting a new university will be built in the town.[6]

Tourism and Culture


Home to Choma Museum, a local market and numerous lodges, bars and restaurants.[7]


Choma is home to a number of bars and nightclubs including Club Leelove (formerly Chobro Masaka Nightclub),[8] DC Nite Club[9] and Choma Hotel & Bar[10] and has hosted performances from Zambian artists including Macky 2,[8]Petersen[11] and Mampi.[12]


There are a variety of restaurants, cafes and street food stalls in Choma, including Wonderbake,[13] Debonair's Pizza,[14] Rachael's Lodge[15] and PMB Snacklite (within the gardens of Choma Museum).[16] The main market, Makalanguzu, also sells ingredients and traditional street food, including fish, grains, tobacco leaves and roasted corn.[17]


Choma is home to the MTN super division club,Green Eagles.[1] Other teams like Choma Stars where recently promoted from division 3 into division 1 league.

International Volunteering

From 2012 to 2017,[18] Choma hosted successive teams of VSO youth volunteers working in the areas of health, education and environment.[19][20][21][22]


There are a number of other towns in Zambia with the same name.

Notable residents

  • Spencer Sautu - football player
  • Rodwell Nzoolo -Prominent Youth Politician
  • Nathan Chitelela - Non Profit Leader

See also


  1. ^ Zambia Central Statistical Office. "2010 Census Migration and Urbanization Report". Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Choma (District, Zambia) - Population Statistics, Charts, Map and Location". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "City (town) Choma: map, population, location". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Zambia Public Directory - Schools in Choma".
  5. ^ "Zambia Daily Mail - Choma: New capital on fast growth path".
  6. ^ "Lusaka Times - Government to Construct A University in Choma".
  7. ^ "The Choma Museum - Preserving The Tonga Heritage!". Retrieved .
  8. ^ a b "Zambian Daily Mail - Macky II Performs and Chobro Masaka Nighclub in Choma".
  9. ^ "Zambian Eye - Visit to DC's". Archived from the original on 2016-08-22.
  10. ^ "Zambian Eye - Visit to Choma Hotel". Archived from the original on 2016-08-22.
  11. ^ "Petersen Sets Choma's Chobro Masaka Ablaze with his Job 13:13 album". 2012-10-21. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Notice board: Top Musicians Spice MHT Show". Retrieved .
  13. ^ McIntyre, Chris. Zambia. Bradt.
  14. ^ "Debonairs, Choma - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos". TripAdvisor. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Racheal's Lodge proves superiority in hospitality | Zambia News Network | Latest Zambia News Online". Retrieved .
  16. ^ "PMB Snacklite · Travel breaks · The Best of Zambia". Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Its unacceptable, the biggest market in Choma has no toilet - Aspiring MP | Zambian Eye". Archived from the original on 2016-08-22. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Cumber, Robert (2012-08-09). "Young people volunteering overseas win praise from MP". Retrieved .
  19. ^ "- Megan's unforgettable Zambian experience". Rotherham Advertiser. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "The Big Choice - Case Study" (PDF).
  21. ^ "VSO ICS Zambia - Choma and Nyimba".
  22. ^ "Choma gets 24 Zambian/UK youth volunteers | Zambia Daily Mail". Retrieved .

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