Things to do in Kinshasa City
Check out Lola ya Bonobo
This is the only sanctuary for orphaned bonobos. Bonobos are also known as dwarf chimpanzees. They are smaller than the common chimpanzee and are only found in central Africa. The sanctuary is located in a place called Kimwenza – outside the city. Bonobos are threatened with extinction and their numbers continue to dwindle even after being listed as endangered by the IUCN. Their main threat comes from humans. Apart from habitat loss due to human encroachments, Bonobos area also victims of poaching, animal trafficking and are hunted for their meat. When rescued, the little primates are taken to Lola ya Bonobo, rehabilitated and taken care of until they are ready to be released back into the wild.
Visit the National Museum of Kinshasa
The Musée National de Kinshasa is a museum of historical and cultural significance to the people of Congo. It is where one can learn about the history of the city and its significance to the country. The museum has an archive consisting of about 46,000 objects with information the country’s history, wildlife, rivers, lakes and the different tribes. Staff at the Museum will take you through the exhibits after which you can go and marvel at the Congo river.
Visit monumental buildings in the city
Palais de la Nation is the first place to start with. The facility was built in 1956 as the residence of the Belgian governor at the time but was later used by Patrick Lumumba (first president). Palais du Peuple or People’s Palace is another major building worth Visiting Kinshasa in Congovisiting. It is where the laws of the country are made. If you are on a mission trip to Congo, you should check out the Nôtre Dame Cathedral. This cathedral was built in 1947 with brick and striking glass finishing. Église Ste Anne sits on a more spacious compound is the main Roman Catholic Church in Kinshasa. To see the largest Catholic Church in Congo, you need to drive 120 kilometers away from Kinshasa up to Kisantu. Other prominent buildings with interesting architectural works are the International Trade Centre, the head office of the mineral marketing agency and the national broadcasting corporation. You should also read our article about the things to do in Nairobi.
Go to African Park Adventures
Lac de Ma Vallee is the name in French. This amazing park is built away from the city center. It consists of water bodies, forests and wildlife. It is an excellent spot to go with family if one is interested in relaxing in a quiet place away from the fast life of the city.
Go to the Kisantu botanical garden or visit the snake farm
After exploring Lac de Ma Vallee, you can go to this botanical gardens to enjoy the nature in a quiet and serene location outside the city. The gardens are a collection of several tree species, including old ones like cactus and herbarium. The gardens also have a restaurant serving local Congolese food as well as snacks. After visiting the botanical gardens, you might also be interested in a snake farm which is located 28 kilometers away from the city center. Serpents du Congo is home to both venomous and non-venomous snakes.
Activities in KinshasaThe Zongo Falls
The Zongo waterfalls lie outside the city – in fact 130 kilometers away. The falls are surrounded by quiet and beautiful scenery which is quite different from what you would experience in the main city. It is an excellent spot to go to for the weekend or if you want somewhere quiet for relaxation. You can choose to walk into the rain-forest, go birding or view spot small primates.
Hangout or go to the bar
There are several places where you can go out for an evening of fun, partying and mingling with the locals or community of expatriates. Jardin d’Eden-kinshasa is a music Top attractions in Kinshasabar and restaurant with a resident live band specializing in classic Congolese rumba. It’s an excellent place to go for relaxation and meeting new people. Kwilu bar is ideal for relaxation after work. It sits on a nice tropical garden and offers cocktail drinks (including rum). If you like loud music as you take your favorite local bear, then you should go to Bar La Crèche. Centre Culturel Français also organizes live band performances as well as cultural events and art exhibitions. Other places to consider in case you are interested in live band music is Espace Mutombo Buitshi and Zamba Playa for their talented Attractions in Kinshasa Congolocal artists/bands.
The best dancing club in Kinshasa is arguably Fiesta Club. The club is popular with the working class. Expect to find the best DJs in town there. Music goes on up to the early morning. If you are tired of dancing, you can play pool, eat at the restaurant or just relax at the main lounge. If loud club music is not your thing, we recommend soft music at Montecristo Kinshasa. Another club worth considering is Black & White. We recommend it but with reservation.
Attend Cultural Events and Shows
Those who love cultural performances will not be disappointed while in Kinshasa. Texaf Bilembo is one of the best places to go for cultural performances. The Centre has a cultural and arts gallery which hosts cultural events and show films. While there, you can also buy local books and handicrafts. You might be interested in our article about the top attractions in Dar es Salaam.
Eat out and try the local cuisine
Kinshasa is a large city with a large expatriate community. Because of that, there is no shortage of quality restaurants and places to eat for all types of food. If you are interested in the local cuisine, you can try out Poulet à la Moambé – a very popular Congolese dish made up of 8 ingredients including chicken, cassava leaves and palm butter. The combination is then served with ugali (mixture of millet and cassava flour). Fish is a popular dish in Kinshasa and throughout the country considering that the country is blessed with several water bodies. The food can be washed down with coconut drink, milk, rum or local beer – Simba and Bracongo.
Visiting the art galleries, schools and shops
If you are wondering where to check out the local artisans, then look no further than Symphonie des Arts and Académie des Beaux-Arts. Symphonie des Arts displays pictures and art crafts from the different cultural groups in the country. Académie des Beaux-Arts is arguably the best art school in the country. It is where you get to see all the beautiful works What to do in Kinshasaby students, promising artists and their professors. If you want to support a good cause should go and support the disabled artists at Je Gagne Ma Vie.
Visit the city markets
The best way to learn about the culture of a new country or city is to visit their main markets. It is in the market that you will meet the everyday people and get to learn a lot of things. The first place to check out is the central market also known as Le Grand marché. It is the biggest market in the country and one of the largest in Africa. Go with someone who knows the place and try not to move with any valuables.
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