Kinshasa is the Capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo with the trio distinction of being the country’s capital, Africa’s third largest urban city after Cairo and Lagos and the largest Francophone city after Paris. The city is located on the southern bank of the Congo River and is home to about 10 million people.
Notable as the venue of the historic 1974 boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali tagged the “Rumble in the Jungle”, the city has gone through various phases and has had its name change at least twice, from Léopoldville to Zaire then Kinshasa.
A sprawling, confusing but colourful city separated from its neighbouring Capital city Brazzaville by the River Congo, Kinshasa is a sort of New York in Central Africa—being a business and entertainment hub.
Kinshasa has a Tropical wet and dry climate, with lengthy rainy season between October and May, and a relatively short dry season, stuck between June and September. A distinct feature of this city is that its dry season is slightly cooler than wet season, though temperatures remain relatively constant throughout the year.
Officially, Residents of Kinshasa are known as Kinois (French) or Kinshasans (English), while French is the lingua franca; serving as the language of government and commerce. The local language popularly used on the street is Lingala.
The city is predominately Christian, with Islam and traditional beliefs maintaining relatively low presence.
Kinshasa’s heart is its Central Market. It is a lively place teeming with energy where almost everything one could need can be bought from the crowded stalls. There are a number of interesting sites which visitors must see whilst in the city.