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Kinshasa is the capital and by far the largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo with an estimated population of around 8 million people. It is located in the southwest of the country along the shores of the Congo River. On the other side is the capital of the Republic of Congo, Brazzaville. Together they have nearly 10 million inhabitants, making it the largest conurbation after Lagos and Cairo in the whole of Africa. Kinshasa is not of particular interest for travellers, and functions more as a places for business men, rather than independent travellers. It can feel a little rough around the edges as well, especially after dawn. The bustling markets still are one of the highlights.
Kinshasa is hot and humid year round, with temperatures usually around 30 degrees Celcius during the day and 20 degrees at night, with a few degrees difference between the hottest and coolest month. Rain falls evenly spread out, but the June to August period is a bit drier as well as a little less hot.
N'Djili International Airport (FIH) fuctions as the main international airport in the country. Hewa Bora Airways is one of the largest airlines in the country, flying to and from Brussels, Douala, Johannesburg, Lagos and Lomé. Air France flies between Kinshasa and Paris. Other destinations with several airlines are Brussels, Harare, Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Casablanca and Luanda.
In the country, Hewa Bora Airways flies between Kinshasa and Lubumbashi and Mbuji Mayi and Wimbi Dira Airways between Kinshasa and Gbadolite, Gemena, Goma, Isiro, Kananga, Kindu, Lubumbashi, Kalemie Mbandaka and Mbuji-Mayi. Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation has an extensive network between Kinshasa and Basankusu, Bumba, Goma, Kalemie, Kananga, Kikwit, Kisangani, Lisala, Lodja, Lubumbashi, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Mayi and Tshikapa.
There are regular ferry services across the Congo River to Brazzaville.
See also International Telephone Calls
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