What to do and see in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Best Places and Tips

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.

1. Lola ya Bonobo

Les Petites Chutes de la Lukaya, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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4.5 based on 220 reviews

Lola ya Bonobo

Reviewed By omerlaviv - Rehovot, IsraelRehovot, Israel

Important place to visit

Lola ya Bonobo is the only sanctuary in the world for orphaned bonobos. The name of the place means 'paradise for bonobos' in Lingala, the local leading dialect. The Bonobos are our closest relatives in the great apes family (which also includes gorillas,

2. Ma Vallee

Lac ma vallee | Commune de Mont Ngafula/ Quartier Kimwenza pres de Lola ya Bonobos, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4 based on 78 reviews

Ma Vallee

Surrounded by the equatorial forest, Ma Vallée is a scenic African lake.

Reviewed By TroisChatsLies - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the CongoKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

New name & new management

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,

3. Congo River

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Congo River

Reviewed By Mani W - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the CongoKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Pool Malebo

The only way to cross from Kinshasa to Brazzaville. Because there's no helicopter or airplane service between the two main towns of both Congo's. The only way to cross is over the Malebo pool, once known as the Stanley Pool. Magnificent, powerful, it take

4. Musee National de Kinshasa (National Museum)

Avenue du 24 Novembre, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 40 reviews

Musee National de Kinshasa (National Museum)

Located in the capital, the Musée National de Kinshasa hosts the country's primary collection of Zairian art.

Reviewed By Richard J - OmahaOmaha

Unexpectedly, a very good museum

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

5. Academie des Beaux-Arts

Avenue de 24 Novembre | À proximité de l'Ecole belge, quartier de la Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Shopping, Museums, Art Museums, Art Galleries More
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Academie des Beaux-Arts

Reviewed By TroisChatsLies - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the CongoKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Museum and gallery of local Congolese artists

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)

6. Texaf Bilembo

Utexafrica, 372 av. Colonel Mondjiba | Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Museums, Shopping, Children's Museums, Art Museums, Art Galleries More
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5 based on 8 reviews

Texaf Bilembo

Reviewed By Steeve P

Meditation classes in Kinshasa!

There are many things happening at Texaf Bilembo. Yesterday, on Saturday 3rd March 2018, for example, there was the first meditation class ever in Kinshasa. Kinshasa already knew yoga, with weekly classes at the Cercle français and here, on Saturday morni

7. Cathedrale Notre-Dame Du Congo

Avenue du 24 Novembre, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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4 based on 11 reviews

Cathedrale Notre-Dame Du Congo

Reviewed By Sightsee630009

Best Catholic Art in the Art of Kinshasa

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

8. Symphonie des Arts

15 Avenue de l'Avenir, Kintambo, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
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3.5 based on 29 reviews

Symphonie des Arts

Reviewed By TroisChatsLies - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the CongoKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Beautiful art in a lovely garden setting

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

9. Paroisse Sainte Anne

Place de la Gare | À côté de la gare centrale de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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5 based on 2 reviews

Paroisse Sainte Anne

Reviewed By Steeve P

Beautiful Church

The Paroisse Sainte-Anne is a beautiful church near Kinshasa's central station. I often go on Sundays. There are four Masses on that day. The first one is at 7:00 am, in Lingala. About 200 to 300 people attend. The second one is at 9:30 am, in Latin. Abou

10. Le Premier Shopping Mall

Ave Lt Colonel Lukusa | Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Shopping, Shopping Malls
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3.5 based on 6 reviews

Le Premier Shopping Mall

Reviewed By TroisChatsLies - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the CongoKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

First real shopping mall in Kinshasa!

This mall was a great surprise! From the outside it looks like just a few high end boutiques I’d never shop at. However, it is surprisingly spacious on the inside with a wide variety of shops. There is a small food court on the upper level, with both indo

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