Kinshasa, once known as Léopoldville, is the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The city is situated along the Congo River, the second longest river in Africa, across which the capital city of the neighbouring country, Republic of Congo, can be seen. The climate is hot year-round with dry season from May to September and a rainy season from October to May.  Temperature range between 18 and  32 degrees Celsius.

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  • In case of any visa queries please contact: Mr. Nico Tshintu Bakajika via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Yellow Fever


Routine Immunizations
Hepatitis A
Meningococcal Meningitis
Typhoid Fever

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Please check with your local vaccination centre for more information regarding the vaccines.


Places of attractions in Kinshasa:

  • The Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary
  • National Museum of Kinshasa
  • The Zongo falls
  • The snake farm
  • Monumental building, “Le Palais de la Nation”

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Fun facts about Kinshasa:

  • Kinshasa is Africa’s third largest urban area after Cairo and Lagos
  • Residents of Kinshasha are also known as “Kinois” in French and “Kinshasas” in English
  • Kinshasa is the world’s largest officially Francophone city

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  • Currency: Congolese Franc (CDF)
  • Exchange Rate (Jan 2020): 1 USD = 1,665 CDF
  • Socket: Type C, D and E
  • Telephone code: +243
  • Time zone: WAST (GMT +1)



French is the official language in DRC.  Other commonly used languages in DRC are Lingala, Swahili, Kiluba and Kongo. Learn more at:

Greetings Etiquette:

  • Handshake with right hand
  • People may also hold their right forearm with their left hand while shaking hands
  • Holding hands between people of the same sex is a sign of friendship
  • Young people wait for the older people to offer their hand
  • During greetings between 2 opposite sex it is best to wait for the woman to extend her hands first

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Common words used in Kinshasa in Lingala:

  • “Mbóte”- Hello
  • “Palado”- Please
  • “Botóndi”- Thank you
  • “Kendeke Malamu” - Goodbye


Getting around in Kinshasa:

  • Buses
  • Mini buses
  • Ferry is common when going to Brazzaville
  • Blue-yellow taxis

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