Flight tickets from Umtata to Kinshasa

Kinshasa is the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, located on the south side of the Congo River. This bustling African metropolis is teeming with life, culture, and excitement. From its colonial-style architecture, to its vibrant nightlife, to its colorful street markets and riverfront promenades, Kinshasa is a fascinating city. In this article, I will explore a few of the things to do and see in Kinshasa.

Getting to Know Kinshasa

Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the Congo River in southwestern Congo. With a population of over 11 million people, Kinshasa is one of the most populous cities in Africa. The official time zone of Kinshasa is West African Time, which is UTC +1. The main languages spoken in Kinshasa are French, Lingala, and Kikongo. English and Swahili are widely spoken by many. The official currency of Kinshasa is the Congolese Franc.

Climate and Weather

Kinshasa is the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is located in Central Africa. The climate of Kinshasa is classified as a tropical wet and dry climate. The city experiences a short dry season from December to February and a long wet season from March to May. Due to its location near the equator, temperatures remain relatively constant throughout the year, with highs ranging from 28 to 32 degrees Celsius (82 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit). Rainfall is plentiful and usually is at its highest point during April and May. April usually receives around 245 mm (9.6 inches) of rain per month. During the dry season, the city still receives precipitation, usually around 79 mm (3.1 inches) of rain per month. Humidity levels are very high throughout the year, with an average of 80%. The city also experiences strong winds during the rainy season, which can be quite strong.

Touring Kinshasa: Airport and Transportation

There are two airports in Kinshasa: N'Djili International Airport (FIH) and Kinshasa International Airport (FIK). You can get from the main international airport to downtown Kinshasa by taxi, and the cost will depend on the type of taxi that you choose to use. A standard taxi should cost around USD $15-20 (with the rate of 2200 CDF per USD). You can exchange money at the airport exchange bureau located in the departure hall. It is open from 6am until 1 hour after the last flight arrives.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Kinshasa

  1. Kinshasa is the cultural centre of the Democratic Republic of Congo and has a vibrant music, art and literary scene
  2. Kinshasa has many museums which offer a unique insight into the country's colonial past and act as a living reminder of its bloody civil war

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