Lakes and Rivers in Western Democratic Republic of Congo
In the center, the irregularly shaped Lake Mai-Ndombe can be seen. It is a large freshwater lake in the Bandundu Province in western Democratic Republic of Congo.
The lake, whose name means “black water” in Lingala, drains to the south through the Fimi River into the Kwa and Congo Rivers.
Lake Mai-Ndombe ranges in depth from only 5 meters (mean) to 10 meters (maximum). Covering approximately 890 square miles (2,300 square km), it is known to double or triple in size during the rainy season.
Low, forested shores surround it with dense, humid equatorial rainforest prevailing to the north and a mosaic of forest and savanna to the south.
Lake Tumba, towards the upper left, is a shallow lake in northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has an area of 500.00 km², is from 2 to 6 m deep, and is the part of the Congo River basin.
Several rivers are also visible: the Congo River (above Lake Tumba), the Lukenie River (directly below lake Mai-Ndombe), the Kasai River (brown with sediments) and the Kwango River (far bottom).