Flight tickets from Polokwane to Kinshasa

Kinshasa is the capital and largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Located on the banks of the Congo River, it is a bustling urban center of over twelve million people that is home to a rich cultural and economic life. This article provides an overview of Kinshasa's history, geography, economy, and attractions, and is designed to provide an introduction to the many fascinating aspects of this incredible metropolis.

Getting to Know Kinshasa

Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The 2019 estimated population is 11.8 million people, with projections of 12.2 million for 2020. Kinshasa’s time zone is Central African Time (UTC+1). French is the official language of the DRC, although Lingala is spoken in the capital. The currency used in Kinshasa is the Congolese franc (FC).

Climate and Weather

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has a tropical wet climate with two distinct seasons, a dry season and a wet season. The dry season runs from June to September and the wet season from October to May. During the dry season there is little rain and temperatures are high reaching up to 33°C. During the wet season there are heavy rains and the temperatures are milder; however, there can be some very hot spells during this season too, with temperatures of up to 36°C. Kinshasa also has high humidity, and the annual rainfall averages at around 1700 mm per year. There are also occasional extreme weather events like tropical storms, which can cause flooding and landslides, particularly in the poorer areas of the city. The climate of Kinshasa makes it an ideal destination for those who want to experience a warm, tropical climate, with high temperatures and plenty of rain.

Touring Kinshasa: Airport and Transportation

There are two airports in Kinshasa: The N'Djili International Airport (FIH), also known as Matadi International Airport, and the Matadi City Airport (MKB). You can get from the N'Djili International Airport to downtown Kinshasa by taxi at a cost of around 20 USD. Other forms of transport include bus and motorcycle taxis, but these are not recommended. Yes, there are currency exchange booths located in both airports.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Kinshasa

  1. Kinshasa is the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is located on the Congo River and is a major cultural and industrial center, as well as an ongoing hub of African music, dance and visual arts
  2. Kinshasa is the site of many traditional markets that are an important part of local and regional trade. These markets are also a source of local customs and culture
  3. Kinshasa is also home to a number of cultural sites and event venues, such as the eco-museum, and several jazz festivals, which have been welcomed by both locals and visitors

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