The Pool Malebo
(formerly Stanley Pool
, also seen as Malebo Pool
), is a lake-like widening in the lower reaches of the Congo River
. It is about 35 km (22 mi) long and 23 km (14 mi) wide, and has an island (Bamu Island) at its western end. The two Congo capitals, Kinshasa
, are on opposite shores.
The Pool is the beginning of the navigable Congo; just below it the river descends hundreds of meters in a series of rapids known as the Livingstone Falls.