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The only direct flights from South Africa to the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) are from Johannesburg to Kinshasa and Lubumbasi. To book a cheap flight to the DRC:
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The only direct flights from Johannesburg to Kinshasa (FIH) are with South African Airways. One-stop options include Korongo Airlines operated by Brussels Airlines (via Lubumbashi), Kenya Airways (via Nairobi) and Ethiopian Airlines (via Addis Ababa).
There are direct flights from Johannesburg to Lubumbashi (FBM) with Korongo Airlines (operated by Brussels Airlines) and SA Express.
Fly 1-stop from Cape Town to Kinshasa with South African Airways (via Johannesburg).
Fly 1-stop from Cape Town to Lubumbashi with SAA/SA Express (via Johannesburg).
Fly 1-stop from Durban to Kinshasa with South African Airways (via Johannesburg).
Fly 1-stop from Durban to Lubumbashi with SAA/SA Express (via Johannesburg).
The Democratic Republic of Congo was require the following from South Africa’s citizens to get a visa:
Passport valid for 6 months after you leave the DRC, with at least 2 blank pages.
Completed visa application form.
Two recent colour passport photo.
Proof of yellow fever vaccinations
Either an employment letter or an invitation letter
As visa requirements change regularly, it's possible that the above requirements have changed - check current requirements by calling the DRC Embassy in Pretoria, at 012-344-6475. The embassy is situated at 791 Schoeman Street, Arcadia, Pretoria. Note that the embassy is closed on DRC public holidays.
If you need consular advice upon your arrival in the DRC, contact the South African Embassy at:
Physical Address: 77 Avenue Ngongo Lutete, Gombe, Kinshasa
There is also a consulate at:
Physical Address: 2875 Lumumba Avenue, Lubumbashi, Katanga
The currency used in the DRC is the Congolese franc.
French is the official language of Congo.
Items of interest in the DRC include:
In Lubumbashi there's the Cathedral St Pierre & the National Museum of Lubumbashi.
Located near the equator, the DRC has a tropical climate. June and July are the best months to visit - dryer and slightly cooler.
4 Januarys (Martyrs' Day)
17 May (Liberation Day)
30 June (Independence Day)
1 August (parents' day)
17 November (Army Day)