It has the distinction of being the third largest city in the African continent. Located on the southern bank of the Congo River, Kinshasa is a vibrant throbbing city that will suck you in and take you on a whirlwind journey. It has a population of about 9.5 million with the main languages being Lingala and French. An interesting fact is that Kinshasa and Brazzaville the capital of Congo are the only two capitals in the world that face each other and are in direct view of each other. You have to enjoy Kinshasa your way without too much planning.
Be spontaneous and go with the flow. Hear the rhythm and dance to it, for a getaway that will change you in a good way. Sample the local food with names such as foufou and chkwange you know that you are in for a one of a kind experience.
While experiencing the city firsthand, make sure to visit such places as the Kisantu Botanical Gardens which has trees that date back a 100 years, from all over the world. You could sit near a gentle steam that meanders along and just savour the moment. After the quiet solitude of the gardens head on over for some jostling and haggling to the Grand Marche or market place and check out the local fare. If you are looking for some authentic African art then you have to go to the area of Kinsuka. Try and get a guided tour of the AAC Bonobo Sanctuary which houses bonobos that have been rescued from vendors selling them on the streets of Kinshasa. If you want a site with a difference visit the tomb of the former President, Laurent Kabila. You will have to however, pass through layers of security.
To get a better understanding of this city visit the Musee National de Kinshasa which though small has an impressive collection of masks that are worth seeing. There is also an art school nearby which you can visit if you would like to see art in progress. The city does not have great infrastructure. But what it lacks in facilities it makes up for in authenticity. In Kinshasa you will have a holiday that will be nothing like you have had so far. Check Air Africa for Kinshasa flights and experience Africa.