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Ma Vallee

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Kinshasa
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Owner description: Surrounded by the equatorial forest, Ma Vallée is a scenic African lake.
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Sussex, England
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This small lake is a restful haven from the hubbub of Kinshasa. The walk around the lake is shorter than 6km, mainly in shade and gives an opportunity for seeing butterflies. We only saw locals in the pedaloes and didn't eat there due to previous experience with the flies! Not sure it is worth the drive from Kinshasa on it's... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Water is (expectedly) not crystal clear, but fun for kayaking (not swimming!). Nice little trail around the lake. Foot paddle boats available for rental (they looked 100 years old, but it appeared that some of them actually worked!). Nice place to have lunch (food was decent, not spectacular...) or just lazy afternoon drinks. Flying insects are a huge problem on... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

In a town where diversions are exceedingly rare, this place always draws a fair crowd on the weekends, but ultimately it's just a small lake, with a fly-infested restaurant. In most other places, it'd be empty. The lake is worth walking around, which takes about 45 minutes, but then you're left wondering "now what?", and the answer is nothing.

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boston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Although access can be a hassle, this spot is great. Have a great day and enjoyable stay having fun there.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a nice little lake with a decent trail. It's a great place to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of Kinshasa. As others said, you DEFINITELY need a guide or someone who knows how to get there (and probably a 4x4). Admission to the park is cheap ($1) and the food is not too expensive... More

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a wonderful place to go out with family, on weekends after busy nasty days of work in Kinshasa

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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75 reviews 75 reviews
10 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

There's a 6 km trail around the lake that's perfect to working up an appetite followed by some of the best chicken and chips around. Nice cossa cossa and other options, too. Cheaper than the Bonobo eats by far, so a better bet for lunch if you're choosing between the two.

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

A great place to visit. You really see the jungle and the calm parts of Congo just outside of the busy city. Nice BBQ but you should order the BBQ and then first walk around the lake. The BBQ normally takes around 1 hour, just the time you need to walk.

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Although not far from Kinshasa you need clear directions on how to get there or a guide as sign posting not good. An oasis once you arrive, preferably by 4X4 or 2X4 as the last 2-3 km not recommended for a sedan. Beer was cold (although most brands sold out) and the food was OK. Take citronella candles to keep... More

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Teilhet, France
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

One of the main problems in Kinshasa is that they love cement and anything which is artificial. 2009 2010 they cut all the wonderfull trees from the Boulevard 30 juin, to make an awfuk 8 lane highway through the heart of the city. Now they destroyed the beautiful little huts bodering the small artificial lake and replace them with really... More

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