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How To Travel To Kinshasa

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BY PLAIN

South 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 to Europe.

The Kinshasa airport has a bad reputation in the past for crooked authorities demanding bribes. They’ve improved things considerably, and it’s now pretty tolerable. Simply follow the crowd and avoid seeming like a tourist. A certificate of yellow fever immunization is required. Once outside the airport, be prepared to be swarmed by volunteer ‘assistants’ who will offer to carry your baggage in exchange for gratuities. Bear in mind that if you return to the airport to depart, you cannot drive your vehicle or hail a taxi into airport premises without paying a $5 or $10 parking / entrance fee.

A cab into town will likely cost between $30 and $50, and is unlikely to have air conditioning. Kinshasa’s central business district is around an hour away. The most convenient alternative is to take a shuttle provided by one of the transport firms located just outside the arrivals entrance.

While there is a train connecting N’Djili airport to the central station, service is restricted to twice daily and is of little value to the average visitor.

BY TRAIN

During colonial times, the railroad of Congo traversed the whole nation, but has since fallen into disrepair. There are, however, glimmers of promise; the primary railway station in Kinshasa was recently refurbished, and in August 2015, a new long-distance passenger service from Matadi, the country’s principal seaport on the Congo river and gateway to Angola, was started. It operates three times a week and covers the 300 kilometers in about seven hours, making it one of central Africa’s fastest passenger trains. Apart from the Matadi service, the only other passenger trains are commuter trains that provide little benefit to the typical visitor.

Tickets are often only available on the day of travel, just before the train arrives, and might be difficult to get.

BY BUS

You may go by bus, which is not the greatest option.

BY CAR

Aside from the route connecting Matadi and Kinshasa, there are no other options for overland travel. The upper northern area (Bangassou – Nia Nia – Isiro) and maybe the Kinshasa – Lumumbashi axis are good places to try your 4×4 skills, but the rest of the country is not. All other settlements can only be reached by air or by boat, which is the only mode of transportation available.

BY BOAT

If you have a visa, you may come by boat from Brazzaville. There are speed boats that go rapidly for a restricted number of passengers, or if you have time, you may take the barge with local merchants. Inquire for directions to “the Beach,” which is the ferry station.

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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