Kempinski Blog Article
Discover Kinshasa, the second-largest city in sub-Saharan Africa. Situated along the magnificent River Congo, what was once a fishing village has now been transformed into of one of Central Africa's most energetic urban environments. Experience the Congolese culture in the vibrant, French-speaking capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Home to a population of around 12 million, Kinshasa is the place to visit if you enjoy fast-paced living. Exciting and truly unique, this African city is unlike any you have ever visited before.
During the day, guests can relax and enjoy a round of golf on the 18-hole par-72 course located in the downtown area. Afterwards, why not relax on the riverbank or hire a boat and sail along the Congo River with friends. Alternatively, if you enjoy art, explore the heart of Kinshasa and admire street art by foot, or visit the unique Symphonie des Arts, displaying a range of works by celebrated and lesser-known Congolese artists.
It is also possible to find untouched tranquillity nearby. Just outside the centre of the capital you can discover many areas blessed with natural beauty, including a collection of wildlife sanctuaries and breath-taking waterfalls. Animal lovers can even catch a glimpse of the rare bonobo ape, which can only be found in a small 500,000 sq km area of the Congo Basin.
Aside from the awe-inspiring Congo River, which is well known for being the world's deepest, as well as the world's second-largest by discharge, there are many things to see and do in Kinshasa, appealing to a huge range of interests.
Explore Zongo Falls
An area of true beauty, Zongo Falls lies 130km outside of the city within Zongo Park. A complete contrast from the busy city of Kinshasa, you will find yourself in a serene, picturesque setting. It is certainly a trip made for adventurers and if you choose to join a tour group, which is highly recommended, you can also enjoy a jungle walk through the Congolese rainforest too.
Meet the rare bonobo apes
Visitors can quietly observe endangered bonobo apes at Lola ya Bonobo, a sanctuary dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and then releasing this endangered species. The apes are unique to the DRC and a visit to the sanctuary is a truly unforgettable experience.
Visit Musee National de Kinshasa (National Museum)
An important museum where visitors can learn more about the city's history and its significance. Guides are available to teach visitors more about each exhibit, and the museum itself is in a fantastic location, providing visitors a wonderful viewpoint to see the Congo River.
Relax in Kisantu botanical garden
For those who wish to enjoy some peace and quiet, head out of the city and travel to the Kisantu botanical garden. This open green space has a collection of beautiful old trees, one of the oldest herbariums in the DRC and a cactus greenhouse, and if you are looking to sample authentic Congolese cuisine, the garden's restaurant serves a delicious selection.
Visitors will be able to experience an entire range of international dishes in Kinshasa, with popular places such as Limoncello and A Casa Mia serving delicious European food.
There are also plenty of opportunities to experience authentic Congolese food in the city. Poulet à la Moambé is a popular national dish guests must try and it is made from eight delicious ingredients, including cassava leaves, chicken and palm butter, and is usually served with ugali, a starchy staple made from cassava or corn flour. Fish dishes are also very popular in the country known for its river, and peanuts feature heavily in Congolese cuisine.
For refreshing local drinks, try a white elephant (milk, rum and coconut), pineapple bugada or one of the local brews, Bracongo or Simba.
Entering Kinshasa is possible via Kinshasa Airport, which welcomes travellers from destinations including Paris, Lagos, Brussels, Johannesburg and Istanbul. Upon arrival, the city centre is just a 25 km drive away and if you choose to stay at Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo Kinshasa a private car pick up service will be able to bring you directly into the city in style. You can also book taxis at the airport, to help you safely reach your destination.
Guests should be aware that a visa and vaccination certificate for yellow fever immunisation is required for entry to the DRC, alongside a valid passport. With no possibility of securing a visa at the airport, visitors must apply for this one to three months in advance to ensure they won't experience a delay.
While most of Kinshasa is safe, the city is home to some extremely deprived areas, so always exercise caution and ask your concierge or driver for advice when travelling to places you have not been before.
If you require help or any additional travel information, please feel free to contact our friendly team at Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo Kinshasa. To contact us for more information on the luxury hotel and its excellent facilities, click here.