Kinshasa Province

Kinshasa is dominated by the Francophone speakers since DR Congo was colonized by the French.

Kinshasa City Province

Kinshasa city province was in the past known as Leopoldville which was named in honor of King Leopold II of the Belgians. It is the capital city of the DR Congo. This is the largest city of the country and it is more advantageous over smaller territories. DR Congo is the 2rd largest country in Africa and it lies on an area of 2,345,409 Sq.km. Kinshasa city alone covers an area of 9,965 sq. km of the Congo land. Congo is highly populated with a population of 11,855,000 living in Kinshasa city and followed by Lubumbashi city which is the 2rd largest city of DR Congo but has a lesser population to that of Kinshasa.

Kinshasa province is found in the furthest west of DR Congo hence bordering the capital city of Brazzaville which is known as Republic of Congo and this makes them the 2rd pair of capital cities close to each other as it is with Roma and Vatican City which are also neighbors. In the past, Kinshasa was a rural area with a lot of fishing villages however it has currently grown up to be an administrative and full business city with large buildings and investors setting the base in the town. But still the bigger part of Kinshasa is still rural but the urban area is expanding to the greater rate on the western side of the city. Kinshasa is also considered to be the 3rd largest urban area in Africa after Lagos and Cairo.

DR Congo is made up of 26 provinces and Kinshasa is among them. Kinshasa is dominated by the Francophone speakers since DR Congo was colonized by the French. These people also speak Lingala and Kiswahili mainly on the town streets. Franco events are still held in Kinshasa city and some of these are the 14th Francophonie summit held in October 2012 and it gathers a lot of people in the country.  This event is also good for business since the locals get market for their goods and also best for tourism since it is an exposure for the country. Local of the city are called Kinois in French and in English it simply means Kinshashans but the indigenous residents are called Humbu and Teke.

The province is located at Congo River that was in the past called Zire River in the time of Mobutu Sese Seko. Congo River is known as the 2rd longest flowing river after river Nile which pours it waters in various countries like Egypt, Uganda and Rwanda. It is also said to be 2,920 meters long hence becoming the 9th river in the world. Congo River is also known to be world’s deepest river recorded at the depth of 220meters and 720 ft. It is said to be the 2rd largest river in form of the volume of water it pours and it is right after Amazon River. Congo River is also a sourced by River Lualaba and it pours its water into the Atlantic Ocean.

Kinshasa province is headed by the governor who is known as Gentiny Ngobila and is ruling the province no matter the political unrest in the country. The home base of United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) is found in Kinshasa the capital city of DR Congo. You will also find the Kinshasa museum and the city’s Fine Arts Academy. The area is largely dominated by the catholic religion but you can also spot the presence of Muslims in the area. The central bank and the administration of the government can be found in Kinshasa city.

Do you want to extend your trip to Virunga National Park to the Kinshasha province?  You get ready then to make an application of extended Visa because the tourist Visa we organize for you only allows you to visit the parks and the Visa will cost you USD 220 whereas the tourist Visa costs 105 USD. It works in Kahuzi Biega national park and Virunga National Park and is valid for only 14 days.

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