Monday, January 17, 2022

Sights & Landmarks In Kinshasa

Democratic Republic of CongoKinshasaSights & Landmarks In Kinshasa

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  • 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 towards Kikwit). 
  • Don’t forget to pick up some artworks at Le marché des valeurs, affectionately known asmarché des voleurs… the first term refers to the market of values, while the second, by altering one letter, refers to the market of thieves. Prepare to bargain and avoid paying the first asking price, which is likely to be at least 60% to 75% more than the final amount, if not more. For more upscale art, visit the Academie des Beaux Arts on Avenue Pierre Mulele (formerly Avenue 24 Novembre) or Symphonie des Arts: on the Boulevard du 30 Juin, heading towards Kintambo, turn right after the elephant when you see the barrier on your right… it’s on your left hand across from the large colonial villa. A more time-consuming but far more intriguing and intimate approach to meet the country’s artists would be to visit their private studios. Even then, prices for paintings like Lema Kusa, Henri Kalama, or Nshole are costly, but well worth it given the quality of their work and worldwide reputation.
  • A more comfortable and enjoyable method to purchase street art is to have a drink at Surcouf, which is located off the avenue 30 Juin, just across from the INSS building. Sit at a table and get a drink (Primus is advised), and the artists will constantly arrive and exhibit a variety of artworks. The same bargaining rules apply as they do at Marché des valeurs.
  • Kinkole is a tiny town located in the city’s rural area’s eastern section. It is located on the RN1 (Boulevard Lumumba), a short distance from the airport. It features a wonderful restaurant area with a patio where you can eat all the local delicacies. Because so many people come here to unwind, there are several individuals attempting to entice you into their company. Closer to the river, there is a fishermen market where river cuisine is sold. Take caution if you want to photograph; you will almost certainly be required to pay someone first since this is considered the international boundary.
  • Jardin d’Eden is a restaurant and music bar located on the banks of the Nsele river in the city’s rural eastern section. After the airport, it is farther than Kinkole. There is a very peaceful vibe at the establishment. You may dine, listen to a live band perform Congolese favorites, or even enjoy a river cruise on the Nsele. The meals and beverages are reasonably priced for the middle class.
  • If you want to go out of town, the Chutes de Zongo waterfalls in Bas Congo are magnificent, but they are 130 kilometers from Kinshasa, making them unsuitable for a day excursion. You may stay near the falls at the Seli Safari Resort.

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

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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