Kindu is a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the capital of Maniema province. It has a situated on the Congo River at an altitude of about 500 metres, and is about 400 km west of Bukavu.Kindu is linked by rail to Kalemie, Kamina and Kananga. It also has an airport with a 2,200 metre runway.
The town was an important centre for the ivory, gold and slave trades during the nineteenth century. Arab-Swahili slave traders were based here from about 1860 and sent caravans overland to Zanzibar. Kindu was also the former capital of Nord-Kivu subregion of Kivu region during the Mobutu era.Kindu has an airport. Most of the goods coming to town come from Goma, Bukavu and Kinshasa by air.