Kinshasa City

Kinshasa City




Kinshasa is the capital city of Democratic Republic of the Congo. It lies within 515 km from the Atlantic Ocean on the south bank of the Congo River. The city’s inhabitants are popularly known as Kinois.

History of the City

Kinshasa city was founded as a trading post by Henry Morton Stanley in 1881 and named Léopoldville in honor of King Leopold II of Belgium, who controlled the vast territory that is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At first, all goods arriving by sea or being sent by sea had to be carried by porters between Léopoldville and Matadi, the port below the rapids and 150 km from the coast. The completion of the Matadi-Kinshasa portage railway in 1898 provided an alternative route around the rapids and sparked the rapid development of Léopoldville. By 1920, the city was elevated to capital of the Belgian Congo, replacing the town of Boma in the Congo estuary.


Kinshasa City covers an area of 9,965 km2with an estimated population of 9 million people.

Transport system

There are various means of transport in Kinshasa which include; buses, shared taxis, air transport with Kinshasa (Ndjili) International Airport (FIH) and rail transport that is ONATRA which operates three lines of urban railways linking the city centre.

Attractions in Kinshasa City

  • Lola ya Bonobo
  • Zongo Falls
  • Ma Vallee
  • Serpents du Congo
  • Cercle de Kinshasa
  • Kwilu Bar
  • Congoloisirs
  • Musee National de Kinshasa (National Museum)
  • Symphonie des Arts
  • Fiesta Club
  • Eglise CBFC-Gombe