Basankusu is a town in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is the main town and administrative centre of the Basankusu Territory. It boasts an airport, covered and open markets, a hospital, and two recently installed cellphone networks. The town is also known as a center for bonobo conservation efforts.The Roman Catholic cathedral is the largest building in the town and was built by the Mill Hill Missionaries.
Basankusu is situated on the Lulonga River, a tributary of the Congo, at the confluence of the Lopori and Maringa Rivers. This location allows for transporting and receiving local goods to and from the cities of Mbandaka and Kinshasa.The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog that is often seen in Basankusu.The rivers provide the most obvious means of transporting goods and people.