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Kinshasa Travel Guide - Travel S Helper


Kinshasa (Leopoldville) is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital and biggest city. It’s on the banks of the Congo River.

Kinshasa, formerly a fishing town, is now a bustling metropolis with a population of over 11 million people in 2014.

It faces Brazzaville, the capital of the neighboring Republic of Congo, which may be seen across the Congo River in the distance.

After Cairo and Lagos, Kinshasa is Africa’s third-largest city. It is also the world’s second-largest “francophone” metropolitan region, after Paris, with French as the official language of the municipal government, schools, media, public services, and high-end business, and Lingala as a lingua franca on the streets.

Kinshasa residents are known as Kinois (in French and sometimes in English) or Kinshasans (English).

Kinshasa – Info Card

POPULATION : City: 10,125,000 /  Metro: 13,265,000
FOUNDED :  1881
LANGUAGE : French, Lingala, Kikongo
RELIGION : Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs) 10%
AREA : 9,965 km2 (3,848 sq mi))
ELEVATION : 240 m (790 ft)
COORDINATES : 4°19′30″S 15°19′20″E
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.3%
 Female: 50.7%
ETHNIC : over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu
DIALING CODE : +243 12

Tourism in Kinshasa

Kinshasa is an important cultural and intellectual hub for Central Africa, with a thriving population of musicians and artists, despite being huge, chaotic, and frequently scary.

After decades of military wars inflicted by neighboring nations, the once leading contemporary African city’s infrastructure is now being reconstructed in a remarkable way. Throughout the city, Chinese enterprises are engaging in a number of renovation projects.

Climate of Kinshasa

Kinshasa has a tropical climate with rainy and dry seasons. It has a long rainy season that lasts from October to May, followed by a brief dry season that lasts from June to September.

Because Kinshasa is south of the equator, the dry season starts in June, around the “winter” solstice. In contrast, in African towns farther north with this climate, the dry season usually starts around January.

The dry season in Kinshasa is somewhat colder than the rainy season, although temperatures are rather consistent throughout the year.

Geography of Kinshasa

Kinshasa is a city of extremes, with upscale residential and business sectors, as well as three colleges, coexisting with huge slums. It is situated on the south bank of the Congo River, immediately across from Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo’s capital.

After the Nile, the Congo River is Africa’s second longest river, with the continent’s highest flow. It serves as a waterway for most of the Congo basin; huge river barges may travel between Kinshasa and Kisangani on it, and several of its tributaries are also navigable. The river is a major source of hydroelectric power, with the capacity to create enough electricity to power about half of Africa’s population downstream from Kinshasa.

How To Travel To Kinshasa

BY PLAINSouth African Airways, Kenyan Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, and Royal Air Maroc all offer a number of weekly flights from their respective hubs in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Casablanca. Air France from Paris, Brussels Airlines from Brussels, and Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca in Morocco all provide connections...

How To Get Around In Kinshasa

Officially, there is a city bus, which has lately been boosted by the donation to Kinshasa of several older Belgian vehicles to enhance the routes. This system pales in contrast to Kinshasa's "taxi" system, which arose spontaneously to meet the city's demands.These taxis are essentially minibuses. They follow pre-determined...

Prices in Kinshasa

MARKET / SUPERMARKETMilk1 liter$ 2.75 Tomatoes1 kg$ 3.13Cheese0.5 kg$ 11.00Apples1 kg$ 7.00Oranges1 kg$ 4.70Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ 1.75Bottle of Wine1 bottle$ 15.00Coca-Cola2 liters$ 4.20Bread1 piece$ 1.25 Water1.5 l$ 2.10RESTAURANTSDinner (Low-range)for 2$ 37.00Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$ 59.00Dinner (High-range)for 2$ 90.00Mac Meal or similar1 meal$ 12.00Water0.33 l$ 1.00Cappuccino1 cup$ 6.50Beer (Imported)0.33 l$ 2.50Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ 2.00Coca-Cola0.33 l$ 1.50Coctail...

Districts & Neighbourhoods In Kinshasa

Kinshasa's ville-province is split into four districts, each of which is subdivided into 24 communes (municipalities):BandalungwaBarumbuKisenso KimbansekeBumbuGombe LembaMalukuKalamuKinshasaLimeteMasinaKasa-VubuKintamboMateteNdjili MakalaLingwalaNgabaNsele Ngiri-NgiriMont Ngafula  SelembaoNgaliema

Sights & Landmarks In Kinshasa

National Museum of Kinshasa, +243 12 61494. The museum, which opened in 1970, has a huge collection of anthropological artifacts.Lola ya Bonobo,  +243 818 141492. The only orphaned bonobo shelter in the world. The sanctuary has existed in Les Petites Chutes de la Lukaya, just outside of Kinshasa, since 2002.Bombo-Lumene Game Reserve (130 km...

Museums & Galleries In Kinshasa

Musee National de Kinshasa (National Museum) - Address: Avenue du 24 Novembre, Kinshasa. The Musée National de Kinshasa, located in the capital, has the country's principal collection of Zairian art.Academie des Beaux-Arts - Address: Avenue de 24 Novembre | À proximité de l'Ecole belge, quartier de la Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the...

Things To Do In Kinshasa

A barbecue on a sandbank beside the Congo River is a must. At the Yacht Club Kinshasa, renting a boat for the day includes a driver and all necessary equipment (tables, seats, a sunbed, and a BBQ). The yacht can accommodate eight people, making it relatively reasonable if you...

Food & Restaurants In Kinshasa

There are several eateries catering to 'expats' where you can pay in dollars but it is prohibitively pricey. Expect to spend up to $20 for a pizza (and $40 at the hotel).BudgetAl Dar, near the Memling hotel. A Lebanese restaurant located in the town center. A shwarma sandwich costs...

Shopping In Kinshasa

The following are some of the best supermarkets:Peloustore can be found on the boulevard (large orange/yellow building with green lettering). Excellent veggies and other dry items available in Belgium.Expresse is situated on the boulevard, a bit farther away from Peloustore. Good veggies and the finest "charcuterie," or cold cut...

Nightlife In Kinshasa

Most evenings, Kinshasa comes alive as inhabitants go to Matonge, a district full with dance bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Bandal and Bonmarche have recently been the most popular "quartiers" for visiting the local bars and "discotheques." Learn how to dance Congolese rhythms at a local nightclub. Prepare to shake...

Stay Safe & Healthy In Kinshasa

Stay safeIt is very advised that you always have a local with you at all times (besides while being in your hotel). Cab drivers will frequently accompany you to local businesses and make brief stops, and if you find a good one, they will also function as your interpreter....



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