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Pool Malebo

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 and Brazzaville, 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.