Democratic Republic of Congo

Congolese Franc (CDF), US dollar (US$)

French (official), Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the provinces of Kasaï, Kasaï Central, Kasaï Oriental, Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu, Maniema and Tanganyika, areas to the west and east of Kananga including Tshikapa and Mwene-Ditu, and within 50km of the border with the Central African Republic and South Sudan. The FCO also advice against all but essential travel to the rest of the country, including Kinshasa. Click here for more information.

Shopping

Gifts & Souvenirs in Kinshasa

Je Gagne Ma Vie

This charming shop, whose names means 'I earn my life', is a great spot for picking up some imaginatively crafted Congolese souvenirs; all the items on sale are produced by physically disabled locals. Enter the...

Arts & Crafts in Goma

Village des Artistes

The Village des Artistes has a large and dusty selection of carved sculptures, wooden masks, ancestor figures, pots, drums, musical instruments and storage boxes. Don’t be afraid to haggle.

Market in Kinshasa

Marché Gambela

This is one of Kinshasa's biggest and most chaotic markets, selling everything from food and clothing to car parts and furniture. Take care here and watch out for pickpockets.