Sprawled along the eastern bank of the Congo River, Kinshasa is the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, this one-time modern Africana city has also borne the brunt of the conflicts and civil wars which have ravaged the country in the past. Presently home to over 10 million residents, Kinshasa is the third largest city in the entire African continent. Considered as the second largest francophone city in the World after Paris, Lingala is the local language widely spoken by Kinshasans after French.
Served by N’Dijili International Airport and the domestic N’Dolo Airport, Kinshasa is also a major river port of the country connecting with dozens of ports like Kisangani, Bangui and Brazzaville up the Congo River. Along with taxis and taxi-buses, local urban rail transport services are also available for the residents and visitors. Presenting a wide choice of hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping centers, and other tourist attractions, visitors are advised to take precautions as Malaria is rampant in Kinshasa.