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MONUSCO generator delivery in Popkabaka.jpg
A crowd gathering in the city to see MONUSCO officials
Popokabaka is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 5°41′32″S 16°35′10″E / 5.692281°S 16.586051°E / -5.692281; 16.586051Coordinates: 5°41′32″S 16°35′10″E / 5.692281°S 16.586051°E / -5.692281; 16.586051
Country Democratic Republic of Congo
Province Kwango
Territory Popokabaka

Popokabaka is a city in the Kwango Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is the administrative center of Popokabaka Territory.

Popokabaka lies on the right bank of the river Kwango River. Francis Dhanis, an agent of the Congo Free State, established a station here around 1890. The territory of Popokabaka borders with Angola in the southwest. For a long time Popokabaka was the commercial center for trade with Portuguese traders who were selling essential items and buying local products. The military post at Popokabaka was used to control the flow of rubber into Portuguese Congo.[1]

The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Popokabaka.[2]

It is served by Popokabaka Airport, a 1,140 metres (3,740 ft) grass airstrip.


  1. ^ Beatrix Heintze (2008). Angola on the move: transport routes, communications and history. Verlag Otto Lembeck. pp. 94–95. ISBN 3-87476-553-9. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Popokabaka". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2011-11-03.