Imagine the scene: two women and a dog are walking down the stairs to the river, when they look over to the side to see one goat looking back at them. Thinking nothing of it, they continue walking down the stairs and immediately hear a much louder bleat than what one goat should make. Looking back over, the one goat had multiplied to around ten, each glaring at the dog and ready to attack. Apparently, the dog had chased a goat the last time, and the goats were ready to fight back!
Imagine the scene: a group of mundele* arrives at Chez Tintin just as a thunderstorm hits. Seeking shelter under a little awning, they wait next to a group of kids in swimming trunks who’d also run from the storm. All of a sudden, a waiter takes a big stone and starts hitting the wall
behind the group, not only terrifying the kids and mundeles, but also causing the little bit of shelter the awning was providing to break off into little pieces. The mundeles run to another section of shelter, only to be told that they were in fact breaking the lock to the “VIP” room, a tiny, dusty, moldy little room with tiny windows not facing the river! We felt obliged to go, mostly because of all the effort that was made to get us in there, but we ran out as soon as the rain died down enough to let us sit outside again.
Despite of, or rather because of, these comedic moments, Chez Tintin is one of my favourite quick escapes from Kinshasa. Ten minutes away from Kintambo, you find a bunch of tables and chairs right by the Congo River rapids, where you have a beautiful view onto the river, the sunset, and the white herons’ nesting island. The place is named Chez Tintin because of all the Tintin series statues, including As the sun sets, you can also see the Fleuve Congo Hotel’s light show get brighter. It is unfortunately one of the only places where you can sit right by the river to enjoy a drink in all of Kinshasa, but definitely worth the trip.
*Mundele is lingala for white person.
When to Go: Particularly nice for sundowners, but worth visiting any time of day!
How to Get There: At Kintambo Magasin, turn right and follow the river road (aptly named Avenue des Rapides) until you pass the restaurant Atlantis and a bus station (about 4.5km/3mi). Right after the bus station, you will see a Chez Tintin sign pointing you to the right, turn down the dirt road, turn left at the end, and follow that road until you see the next sign to the right. It’s the gate to the right at the end of that road.