Kinshasa (/kɪnˈʃɑːsə/; French: [kɛ̃ʃaza]; formerly Léopoldville (French: Léopoldville or Dutch Leopoldstad (help·info))) is the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is beside the Congo River.
Restaurants in Kinshasa
4.5 based on 196 reviews
Been twice now and enjoyed both times. The guides are so articulate and really know and love their job. The bonobos are super cute and each have their own special personalities. It's a really great sanctuary and worth visiting to learn something new.
There is a souvenir shop (could be improved) and should really be a place to take photos to take away.
4 based on 73 reviews
Surrounded by the equatorial forest, Ma Vallée is a scenic African lake.
This place is now called "Africa Park Adventures" (as of 2016), so check reviews with that name. The lake is still called "Lac ma vallee," but it has new management and many new activities to do, beyond just a walk around the lake. Take comfortable shoes, insect repellent and sunscreen. There is an entrance fee of $5 for adults and $3 for children ; outside food and drinks are not allowed.
4 based on 34 reviews
Located in the capital, the Musée National de Kinshasa hosts the country's primary collection of Zairian art.
With almost no tourism activities in Kinshasa, we were pleased to find a fine collection of crafts, artifacts, and examples of Congolese life past and present. The signs are in French, and the docent they assigned us had very limited English. Luckily, our own guide ‘s English was excellent. But even so, most exhibits are pretty self-explanatory if you know anything about African history and culture.
4.5 based on 11 reviews
We enjoyed visiting, there are two exposition halls. You can visit the workshop and see sculptors / ceramists at work. There is also an outdoor sculpture garden. We didn't have a chance to see the third museum space (upstairs from the sculpture workshop) as we got rained out! The Academie also offers evening classes in various artistic domains.
3.5 based on 24 reviews
What the other reviewers have written is accurate. Things are expensive here, and the staff tend to follow you around. However, if you can get past that, you’ll find nicer and higher quality art pieces than you find in the Thieves Market for example. They also hold an annual Holiday Bazaar with a variety of vendors. It is a well attended event, as all the students from the ballet school perform (the ballet school is located within the Symphonie des Arts).
4 based on 8 reviews
The place artsy to everyone who loves tourism for old discovery and tombs. The interior is better than the outside, but'll be much better if they can refurbish more while not ruining its old shape. The ushers are welcomed into that church and after church to show you and explain to you every single thing in out and within the church and without forgetting the history of why Cathedral been chosen to be there.
4 based on 7 reviews
In English this place is known as the International Protestant Church of Kinshasa. On sundays from 10 to 11 there is an English language service. The community is very international and friendly. The compound itself is a very quiet and friendly place with this beautiful little old Church at the heart. The compound also hold an international school and the IPCK organizes the usual fare of sunday schools; bible study and meetings. Its altogether a friendly place in Kinshasa in a lovely setting.
4.5 based on 6 reviews
I enjoyed this gallery; the gift shop has local handicrafts and locally made food products (jelly, etc.), as well as books about DRCongo. They sometimes show feature films in the gallery viewing space. Well worth the time for a visit.
4 based on 9 reviews
This is one of the few attractions of Kinshasa that is really fun and educational for children and teens. I'm not sure where it is located now, but when we went it was up Matadi road, in the direction of Zongo Falls. Well worth the drive. We had to pay an entrance fee, if I recall correctly something like $10 per adult and $5 per child, but the snake handler was extremely knowledgeable and we felt it was well worth the visit.
4.5 based on 5 reviews
The Institut français (French Institute) Halle de la Gombe has a wonderful program of live music, dance, theatre, cinema, and much more every month. There is always something going on, and it is usually free, or very low cost (FC 2,000 for example). In the past I've been to a Korean film festival, seen a dance-sport show, live theatre by local artists, a music/dance show by artists visiting from Spain... they invite artists from around the world and also showcase local talent.
The Institute also has an exhibition hall where local artists, photographers and sculptors are showcased, a large French-language lending library, offers French and Lingala language courses, computer courses, and much more. Highly recommended for visitors to Kinshasa and residents alike.
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