You may be thinking to yourself; “But Matt, I don’t even know where the DROC is nonetheless why I would ever go there…” to which I must say “Shut your mouth, I’m getting to that” in the nicest way possible. You see, I recently did some goodwill work in the DROC (D-Rock… only the cool kids abbreviate it) and found that there are a few things there to do in this central-African nation of the forest.
Kinkole Fish Market
Head on down to the Kinkole Fish Market and check out the local stalls and everything that they have to sell. No worries about breaking your bank as things will not be expensive there.
Check out this main river of the country where you can hire a priogue to be paddled down the river for $10 an hour but they can easily be talked down to $3 an hour… shhh, my secret. Spend the day getting paddled down the river as you get smashed on the intoxicating palm wines of the area. Chill on certain shores and try the countries liboke (fish stewed in certain kind of leaves of which I do not know the name to).
Chutes de Lukia
While in Kinshasa, check out the Chutes de Lukia where you will find a decent restaurant (as in one… ha), lakes to swim in, and a Bonobo (that’s right, a freaking orphanage for chimpanzees) where they will let you even play with the baby chimps too. A lot of foreign aid workers end up here on the weekends you’ll find.
Kisantu Botanical Gardens
Here you will find beautiful gardens with trees that are over 100 years old and from all over the world. There are gentle rivers in the area of which you can swim or just relax by. A peaceful change of pace to this country if you needed a spot to get away and relax.