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Congo

Etymology

The Democratic Republic of the Congo was formerly known as, in chronological order, Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville), Democratic Republic of the Congo, and most recently reverted to its current name from Republic of Zaire. The country was known officially as the “Democratic Republic of the Congo” from 1965 to 27 October 1971, when it was changed to the “Republic of Zaire”. In 1992, the Sovereign National Conference voted to change the name of the country to the “Democratic Republic of the Congo”, but the change was not put into practice. The country’s name was restored by former president Laurent-Désiré Kabila following the fall of longtime dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Sky Lounge Kinshasa – Lounge bar with terrace in height and outdoors, magnificent panoramic view on the boulevard. A unique setting in Kinshasa. [facebook]

TAPAS Fusion Bar&Restaurant Espagnol – Located behind Sozacom between the Moneytrans building and Hasson & Freres, ex Black & White. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Badoo – At Badoo we believe there is someone for everyone. We have become the largest social discovery network in the world because we have created the best tools to connect people. [badoo]

Date Who You Want – You’ll never know what’s out there if you don’t start searching – DateWhoYouWant makes it all the more simpler to meet single women in Kinshasa when you join. Create a membership with DateWhoYouWant and you’ll be able to make an informed choice as to whether our online dating service is right for you. Our initial membership is completely free! [date who you want]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Go Congo Tour Operator – Of all the countries of Africa, Congo is closest to “Tarzan’s Africa .” You can very easily imagine him swinging on a vine right in front of you as you travel through this country, visited more by adventurers than tourists. No one goes there to rest and sit in a chair for a couple of weeks. [go congo]

Wild Frontiers Travel – Rich in natural resources and staggering beauty, the Congo’s recent history has been a long and tragic struggle that in many ways can be traced back to that first exploratory river journey made by Stanley back in 1874. [wild frontiers travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Discover Upemba National Park – Upemba National Park straddles the River Lualaba and is accessible from the towns of Lubumbashi and Kolwezi. It includes several lakes and picturesque riverine sections inhabited by hippos, crocodiles and aquatic birds. Wildlife stocks were previously decimated by poachers and militias but are slowly returning with the help of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. For now, this beautiful park remains tantalizingly tourism free. [world travel guide]

Experience the beauty of Bukavu – The beautiful, verdant town of Bukavu hugs the southern tip of Lake Kivu and serves as a departure point for the under-visited Kahuzi-Biega National Park and Idjwi Island. The former is home to eastern lowland gorillas and some great hiking; the latter is the second-largest lake island in Africa and a perfect spot for a few days peaceful relaxation. [world travel guide]

Explore Inkisi Falls – In the southwest, the Inkisi Falls (60m/197ft high) and the massive complex of caves that wrap around them may be visited in one day, but many visitors stay for two or three days at the pleasant resort in the town of Mbanza-Ngungu. The impressive falls are an easy hike from the resort and 130km (80 miles) by road from the capital city Kinshasa. [world travel guide]

Feel the pulse of Kinshasa – Kinshasa is a crazy and sometimes scary place. Not for the faint of heart, this sprawling city on the banks of the mighty Congo River has some great nightlife, cultural offerings and music. If the chaos of the capital gets too much, on its fringes there’s an equatorial forest surrounding a beautiful lake called Ma Vallée with a tavern on its banks. [world travel guide]

Get to know Garamba National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this remote national park in the northeast of DRC boasts a staggering array of habitats, from open undulating savannah grasslands to dense rainforests. Managed by African Parks since 2005, Garamba was once home to the last population of wild northern white rhinoceros and still boasts large elephant, hippo and giraffe populations. [world travel guide]

Hang out with bonobos at Lolo Ya Sanctuary – Just 90 minutes outside of Kinshasa, this sanctuary provides a home for orphaned bonobos. These inherently peaceful primates, who resemble chimpanzees, are incredibly intelligent and known for solving most of their problems with sex. There are various trails through their forested enclosures, but you’re just as likely to find these loving creatures hanging around by the main building. [world travel guide]

See the resurgence of Goma – On the northern shore of Lake Kivu, Goma has been at the centre of the various wars that have engulfed the wider region. As a result, it’s had to become a master of reinvention. It’s the DRC’s tourism capital, if such a thing exists, and the main access point to Virunga National Park. It’s also got a surprisingly lively and youthful arts scene. [world travel guide]

Track Gorillas in Virunga National Park – Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest national park. It comprises two jagged mountain ranges and game that includes lions, elephants, buffaloes, hippos and numerous antelope species. Best of all, this park is renowned for its mountain gorillas. Track these incredible creatures through the dense forest and then peer into an active lava lake from the top of Nyiragongo volcano. [world travel guide]

Visit likeable Lubumbashi – Lubumbashi is the capital city of the mineral rich Katanga Province and DRC’s primary economic hub. It’s the country’s most diverse city, and has the best infrastructure, as well as good travel connections with the wider region. But it’s also a pleasant place to explore for a couple of days, with some fine Belgian architecture and good restaurants and accommodation options. [world travel guide]

Wander around Kalemie – Enjoy the Democratic Republic of Congo’s areas of watery beauty from the pretty and laidback town of Kalemie on the banks of the immense Lake Tanganyika. The town has a functioning airport to connect with the wider region and Tanzania across the border. There’s also some fascinating, crumbling colonial architecture, colourful markets and pleasant accommodations with great lake views. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

Army Day – An observed as a national holiday, the country honors its military forces every November 17. [iexplore]

Christmas – Unlike most Western countries, the Congo treats Christmas as a religious festival. It is less commercialized, so presents are uncommon. On Christmas Eve, churches stage musicals with at least five to six choir performances and nativity plays. Some communities enjoy festivities until dawn when Christmas Day services start at 9:00 a.m. Families typically prepare a feast at home, and for those who can afford it, pork and chicken are staples. [iexplore]

Commemoration of the Martyrs of Independence – This annual celebration is held every January 4th. Also known as Martyr’s Day, the Commemoration of the Martyrs of Independence is held as a double event to remember the victims of violence against human rights and also the martyrs of justice. [iexplore]

Independence Day – Independence Day is celebrated every June 30. [iexplore]

National Heroes’ Day – Referred to as “Heroes’ Day,” this public holiday is celebrated annually on January 17. It commemorates the death of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s popular leader. It is one of the two festivals that commemorate Lumumba’s fight for human dignity in the region. [iexplore]

National Liberation Day – The Congo observes National Liberation Day every year on May 17. This is a public holiday, so all offices and most businesses are closed. It pays tribute to the efforts of the Movement for the Liberation of the Congo rebel group who fought the government during the second war. MLC was led by Jean-Pierre Bemba, the son of Bemba Saolona, a Congolese billionaire. Street parades and cultural shows are held. [iexplore]

Parents’ Day – The world observes Parents’ Day every August 1, but in the Congo, it is considered a public holiday. Locals are enthusiastic about giving greeting cards and gifts to their family. [iexplore]

Youth Day – The Congo celebrates Youth Day on October 14. During this national day, different organizations host sporting events and other festivities for young people. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Ferries – A ferry operates on the Congo River, and if security allows, you can use it to travel to Kisangani from Kinshasa. The boat stops en route, but does not wait for passengers so you may need to bribe the captain for or a cabin. [iexplore]

Taxis and Car Rental – Kinshasa is served by taxis, which offer single journey prices or they can also be rented for the entire day. Safety is an issue and there have been reports of mugging. Be sure to have a trustworthy and experienced local guide with you to ensure security. Driving is an easy way to get around the Congo, but the roads are poorly maintained, and there are security hazards. If you are going to get a car, four-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended. Fleets are limited, but are available at the airport with advanced bookings recommended. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – Train travel is possible to Matadi from Kinshasa, as well as from Lumbumbashi to Ilebo or Kalemie through Kabalo. The Great Lakes railway runs between Ubundu and Kisangani, passing Stanley and Boyoma Falls along the way. Train schedules are unreliable though, as service may be disrupted for lack of fuel or political incidents. Principal trains have dining cars and couchettes, but are still not air-conditioned. Minibuses operate in big cities like Kinshasa and are also referred to as taxis. The fares often vary, and a premium may be added at will. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Bonjour et bienvenue — greetings to all of our expats in the DR Congo! The InterNations community is here to provide a sounding board for those considering a move to the DR Congo, or to those who have already relocated to Kinshasa or other regions of this African country. The InterNations expat community gives you the chance to talk to those that have already made the move, resulting in an invaluable support network as you plan the next stage of your life. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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