Flight tickets from Port Elizabeth to Kinshasa

Welcome to a closer look at Kinshasa, the captial of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, located in Central Africa. This vibrant city is home to over 10 million people and is the second largest francophone city in the world. With its unique cultural twists, its diverse population and its eclectic sights, sounds and smells, Kinshasa offers a truly unique and captivating travel experience. From the bustling markets to the colorful nightlife, from the intricate traditional arts to the heart-pounding music scene, this vibrant city will captivate and excite the senses. Join us for a journey of discovery as we explore the many sights and experiences that make Kinshasa a must-see destination.

Getting to Know Kinshasa

Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its population is estimated at over 12 million people, making it the third-largest city in Africa by population. Kinshasa is in the Central Africa Time Zone and is two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC +2). French is the official language of Kinshasa and is spoken by most of the population. The city also has a several other native languages, including Lingala and Swahili. The official currency of Kinshasa is the Congolese Franc (CDF). It is divided into 100 centimes and is pegged to the Euro at a rate of 1 euro = 655,957 CDF. Credit Cards can be used in most banks and boutique shops, but it is recommended to carry cash in smaller denominations.

Climate and Weather

Kinshasa is the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, located on the banks of the Congo River. The city is home to over 11 million inhabitants, making it one of the most densely populated cities in Africa. Kinshasa has a tropical climate, with a humid, rainy season that runs from October to May, and a dry season from June to September. The temperature ranges from a low of 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) in the cool season to a high of around 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) in the hot season. The rainy season has heavy rainfall, although there is a relatively dry period in December. The dry season is less humid, but the heat can be intense, and with little vegetation to protect the city from the sun, the air becomes very hot. Kinshasa is generally subject to fairly high levels of air pollution, and the heat and humidity can contribute to a feeling of discomfort.

Touring Kinshasa: Airport and Transportation

There are two airports in Kinshasa, Republic of Congo: N'djili International Airport, and the municipality-run Kimwenza Airport. You can get from the main airport, N'djili International Airport, to downtown Kinshasa by using a taxi or bus. The cost of a taxi is around $25, while the bus will cost approximately $1. It is possible to change money at Kinshasa airport, but the rates may not be ideal. We recommend you change money before arriving in the city, or to contact your hotel or apartment for advice on the best places to change your money.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Kinshasa

  1. Music: Kinshasa is a vibrant city with a unique music culture boasting iconic artists such as Franco, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Koffi Olomide, among others
  2. Food: Kinshasa is home to a rich culinary culture with a variety of dishes. Popular ingredients include plantains, maize, sweet potatoes, cassava, and fish
  3. Architecture: Kinshasa is home to a variety of architectural styles, from colonial French to traditional African. Tourists can explore local markets and monuments such as the Grand Mosque and the iconic Renaissance Tower

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