Top ChoiceNational Park in Eastern DRC

Parc National des Virunga

DRC's magnificent calling card is Virunga, Africa's oldest national park and home to mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and the incredible, active Nyiragongo volcano (climbed on a thrilling two-day expedition)....

Top ChoiceVolcano in Parc National Des Virunga

Nyiragongo

Perhaps DRC's most magnificent single sight, active volcano Nyiragongo soars above the city of Goma and the surrounding Virunga National Park and sends plumes of smoke into the sky, before becoming a flaming...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo

Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary

Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary

Ninety minutes west of Kinshasa, just beyond the city's sprawl, this excellent project provides a home for orphaned bonobos. Long thought to be chimpanzees, bonobos are actually a separate species known for being...

Top ChoiceBakery in Goma

Au Bon Pain

The opening of this lifeline marked the beginning of a new era in Goma – and if that sounds like an exaggeration just look at the lovely pastries, the great coffee, the delicious sandwiches or the salads on...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Bukavu

Parc National de Kahuzi-Biéga

South Kivu's star attraction is this national park, where you can track habituated eastern lowland gorillas (Grauer’s gorillas) for just US$400 per person, a relative bargain! The park also contains a chimp...

Top ChoiceWaterfall in Democratic Republic of Congo

Chutes du Zongo

A popular day trip from Kinshasa despite the expensive 4WD hire (US$200) necessary to get here, the gorgeous 65m-high Zongo Falls are one of DRC's most spectacular sights. Getting to the viewpoints involves some...

Top ChoiceInternational in Goma

Le Chalet

Ten minutes north of Goma's centre by moto-taxi, Le Chalet is a tranquil oasis of tropical gardens and calm, lakeside dining. The interesting menu runs beyond the standard meat dishes, and there's also excellent...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kinshasa

Musée National de Kinshasa

Musée National de Kinshasa

This amazing ethnographic archive comprising some 45,000 objects has been waiting patiently for its new home, a US$10 million prestige investment from South Korea currently under construction in the Lingwala area...

Top ChoiceZoo in Kinshasa

Serpents du Congo

This excellent snake farm is located 28km from downtown Kinshasa and makes for a great day out. Owner Franck will gladly show you the poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes here, and you even have the opportunity to...

Top ChoiceBar in Kinshasa

Kwilu Bar

Billing itself a 'rhumerie', Kwilu is a smart cocktail bar, lounge and tropical garden where an after-work crowd comes to relax and imbibe offerings from the sophisticated drinks list – on which rum...

Top ChoiceFrench in Bukavu

Orchids Safari Club Restaurant

This smart restaurant inside the Orchids Safari Club hotel sees a scramble at lunchtime to bag one of its few lake-facing tables, and the views are well worth coming early for. The food is classical French...

Wildlife Reserve in Parc National Des Virunga

Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage

Provided you make it back from your gorilla track in a timely fashion, it should be possible to visit the world’s only mountain gorilla orphanage, which is integrated into the grounds of the Mikeno Lodge. Named...

International in Kisangani

Chez Bronzetta

A genial and laid-back place run by a Québécois and his Congolese wife, Chez Bronzetta is perennially popular with local expats. Here you can dine outside in the garden or under the thatched paillotte (straw...

Lebanese in Goma

Nyumbani Lounge

With a menu that's more inventive than most you'll find in Goma, plus Levantine decor, comfortable banquettes and a large terrace that's perfect for al fresco dining or cocktail sipping, it's easy to see why this...

Congolese in Kinshasa

Chez Flore

If you're looking for a Congolese restaurant with a local crowd and laid-back vibe, this is it. The friendly staff will explain the large menu, which is in Lingala for the most part, and you can enjoy the...

Bar in Kinshasa

Bar La Crèche

Head to this unpretentious Matonge institution if you want to throw yourself into Kin's seedy-but-magnificent musical heart. Famous locally for having the loudest music in town, your ears may be ringing for days,...

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...

Bakery in Kinshasa

Patisserie Nouvelle

Located next to the French Embassy, this is the less-central but far-nicer venue for Kinshasa's most popular bakery. It's a great spot to get coffee, enjoy a pastry and stock up on some of the fine foods you've...

Indian in Kinshasa

Fusion

This sophisticated place in the middle of down town Kinshasa offers a choice of Indian, Chinese and European cuisine in its stylish main room. The US$24 Friday-night buffet and the US$28 Sunday-lunch buffet are...

French in Kinshasa

Patisserie Nouvelle

A great breakfast choice, this trendy bakery does a range of set breakfasts as well as gorgeous pastries and good coffee. This is the best-located outlet, but the second one is far more charming and has an...