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Address: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Description: Surrounded by the equatorial forest, Ma Vallée is a scenic African lake.

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Nice Getaway

I would recommend this place as long as one goes with "African" expectations. The food isn't great, it's a little pricey, it takes forever (about 2 hours) and then another hour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
Glenn F
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I would recommend this place as long as one goes with "African" expectations. The food isn't great, it's a little pricey, it takes forever (about 2 hours) and then another hour to get the check. They won't get your food order correctly even though you will write it out yourself for them, but hey TIA. Pretty lake with nice walking... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Nothing interesting for tourist at this place. You may to visit this if you are not far away, but visit to this place specially is not a good idea

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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100 reviews 100 reviews
27 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Lac de ma Vallée is a man made lake 45 mins from Gombe by car on a somewhat challenging road and maybe hard to find as there are no signs (ASK for directions!). The lake is largish and set in a pine forest; nice and calm and great for a walk. The water bikes look a bit worn.. The place... More 

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This was always my go-to place to get out of the madness of Kinshasa. It is a fabulous barbeque restaurant right on a lake with a walking path that circles the lake. It was relaxing and just a moment of peaceful breath not too far from the city. They have paddle boats if you want, but usually I just sat... More 

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Sussex, England
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48 reviews 48 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
37 helpful votes 37 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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