Fly To Kinshasa, Congo
Kinshasa, spread along the banks of the Congo River, has had a tumultuous and war-torn past. The once modern infrastructure fell into grave disrepair, along with much of the city, but recent years have seen a massive effort to restore and upgrade what was once a thriving urban centre.
The somewhat grimy and run-down metropolis might not be every traveller’s dream destination, but the bustling markets, traditional handicrafts and vibrant nightlife hold a particular allure for the more adventurous soul. This is not a place for monuments and museums, but rather a glimpse into a culture and lifestyle rich with character and commendable resilience.
Kinshasa Airport is relatively small, and flights can be tricky to find at affordable prices. By using our online flight ticket search tool above, you can see a complete list of the cheapest flights to Kinshasa with none of the hassle of chasing down individual airlines.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Kinshasa, or anywhere else in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy to the DRC is in Kinshasa. 77 Avenue Ngongo Lutete, Gombe, Kinshasa. Phone: + 243 81 556 6586.
See and do
The riverside location of Kinshasa is best enjoyed on one of the many boats available to hire. A day rental, complete with driver, tables, chairs, shade tent and barbeque, is both affordable, and an unforgettable way to relax on the water.
If you’re more of a land lubber than a water baby, you’ll find great food and wonderful atmosphere at the Jardin d’Eden restaurant and music bar. It’s a good place to grab a drink and listen to some classic Congolese music. There’s more live music at the Sultani Hotel, which is a little closer to the centre of town. Alternatively try dancing at the VIP Bar if you’re looking for a livelier night out.
Kinshasa’s markets are full of colour and life, and haggling is par for the course. Initial asking prices are often 60-75% higher than what sellers are willing to accept, so practice driving a hard bargain and you’ll be sure to get a good deal. The Marché de Valeurs is a good option for arts and crafts. Local artists produce some wonderful work, and you can pick up an original piece for a steal. Paintings and sculptures make wonderful souvenirs, and you’ll be supporting the local artists as well.
Public transport in Kinshasa is something of a closed book to foreigners, as it requires a good knowledge of a variety of cryptic hand signals in order to hail one of the minibus taxis. The routes are largely undocumented, and if you don’t have a local to help you out, you’ll most likely end up lost and confused. It’s generally a far better plan to rent a car, use hotel shuttles, or hire the services of a local guide.
Kinshasa (N’djili) International Airport – FIH
Food and beverage: There is a small, landside restaurant, and an equally small airside cafeteria, neither of which are open 24 hours a day. You may have to get your caffeine fix elsewhere.
Currency Exchange: There are no listed Forex facilities at Kinshasa International Airport, so consider exchanging currency before you arrive, or wait until you’re in town to find a reputable bank or bureau de change.
Lost Luggage: There is no listed lost luggage facility at Kinshasa Airport. Keep a close eye on your belongings and make sure your hold luggage is securely locked.
Airport Hotels: None on site. The nearest hotels are in Kinshasa, which is an hour’s drive away.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Europcar, InterRent and Hertz.
Airport Hub: Kinshasa (N’djili) International Airport (code FIH) is a hub for Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation, FlyCongo, and Stellar Airways.