One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Kiubo Falls. The waterfall is some 270 m wide and 60 m high but the multiple smaller steps above the main falls add a special charm.
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Kiubo Falls have formed on the Lufira River – some 500 km long tributary of the Lualaba River. This waterfall has a very special kind of beauty. Kiubo Falls start gradually well before the main fall: at first, the river leaps over small steps – one, another, and then one more. Steps become more and more frequent until the crescendo – the main waterfall, that also consists of scattered, countless steps.
Here the river crosses an outcrop of sandstones of Kiubo Formation, which were formed in the Ediacaran Age some 550 million years ago. The waterfall, of course, is much, much younger, formed some tens of thousands of years ago.
Around the waterfall has been preserved a patch of natural forest and there are trails to explore the nature of Congo in this region. It is a tourist destination with a hotel – Kiubo Falls Lodge – at the waterfall.
Further below the Kiubo Falls in Lufira River are several more smaller waterfalls. A hydropower plant – Sombwe Dam – is under construction further down the river but it should not affect the Kiubo Falls.
- Edwin Lillie, Robert Greyling. Determining the Optimum Scheme Layout for the Sombwe Hydropower Project. Knight Piésold Consulting, 2018.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo belongs to the least explored and most promising countries of the world regarding exciting landmarks. The last decades have been unfortunate in the history of this enormous country as it has gone through a series of devastating wars and anarchy periods scaring away foreign explorers. The major part of the country is covered with impenetrable, very diverse equatorial jungle and crossed by large rivers. The jungle covers mountain ranges, the base of volcanoes, and surrounds barren inselbergs and precipices with countless high waterfalls.
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