Preview Mbala International Airport, Zambia, version 1. By Bashir Ismail.

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Mbala International Airport, Zambia, version 1. By Bashir Ismail.

Screenshot of Mbala International Airport.

Screenshot of Mbala International Airport.

Mbala is Zambia's most northerly large town, occupying a strategic location close to the border with Tanzania and controlling the southern approaches to Lake Tanganyika, 40 km by road to the north-east, where the port of Mpulungu is located. Under the name Abercorn, Mbala was a key outpost in British colonial control of this part of south-central Africa. It is headquarters of an administrative district of the Northern Province.

The town is at the edge of the plateau covering most of Zambia, at an elevation of 1670 m, about 900 m higher than Lake Tanganyika, which comes within 22 km (straight line distance).The second highest waterfall in Africa, Kalambo Falls lies about 40 km (by road) north west, and is formed where the Kalambo River comes over the Rift Valley escarpment.

It became the focus of British interest as a result of travels by the explorer David Livingstone, the first European to visit the area, in the 1860s. He was followed some years later by Verney Lovett Cameron who surveyed Lake Tanganyika. Livingstone inspired missionaries of the London Missionary Society to come in the 1880s to Niamkolo on the lake and Fwambo and Kawimbe on the plateau. These missions had links to the African Lakes Company which later set up in Mbala and Mpulungu.

In 1895 the British South Africa Company took over administration of the territory, called it North-Eastern Rhodesia, and the 'Zombe boma' became known as Abercorn, named after the company chairman. The site was favored by British administrators as being healthy and having a pleasant climate with plenty of hunting and fishing.After Zambia's independence in 1964, the name of the town was changed back to Mbala.

Mbala International Airport is an Ex-Zambia Air force Base which the government has decided to revert to Civilian use, because there has been a number of potential tourism interests from outside the country to develop the area.The government hopes once commercial service begins to this airport that it will spur tourism development in the region.

The FSX one was not convincing enough! I have tried to make it close to realistic as possible using Airport Scenery Creator v1.37 and the objects that are available for use from FSX. Hope this will make your stop-over more enjoyable!


  1. Drop the FLBA.bgl and FLBA_cvx.BGL files into your FSX/Addon scenery/scenery folder, and away you go!

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FLBA_Read me.txt03.24.092.71 kB
Mbala_Airport.jpg03.24.0945.46 kB
Mbala_Kalambo Falls.jpg03.23.0962.07 kB
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National Parks of Zambia.jpg03.22.0969.79 kB
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Reu SinWed, 12 Feb 2020 07:35:08 GMT

Thank you so much for making this! My family's from Mbala and I'm hoping to work for an airline that'll start flying there soon. Hoping to get some practice flying there beforehand :-) Thanks for the extra info on the airport and town on top of that too!

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