The Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly known as Zaire and a Belgian colony, is mainly popular among tourists who are keen to visit the tropical rainforest. It is always hot and humid in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The best time to travel to the country depends on which part of it you wish to visit: north or south of the equator. Most rain falls between May and September in the north and between September and May in the south.
Kinshasa is a city with modern shops and restaurants, but it is known above all as the birthplace of African music.