Petites Chutes de la Lukaya

Coordinates: 4°29′09″S 15°16′01″E / 4.48571°S 15.267083°E / -4.48571; 15.267083 The Petites Chutes de la Lukaya (French; "Small falls of the Lukaya River") is a set of small waterfalls on the Lukaya River. They are just south of Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are about 1 metre (3.3 ft) high.[1]

Petites chutes de la Lukaya.

During the colonial era, Jesuits who settled on the Ndjili River in June 1893 at Kimbangu, in what is now Masina, were the first Catholic missionaries in the area. Within a month of their arrival, they moved away from the unhealthy, swampy conditions that they found there to relocate to Kimwenza, near the Petites Chutes de la Lukaya.[2]

The low waterfalls empty into a small lake with a sandy beach.[3] They are an attraction to tourists who come to swim, or eat at the nearby restaurant.[4] The Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary for endangered bonobos, which is adjacent to the falls, is also of interest to tourists. The sanctuary was founded by Claudine André of the NGO The Friends of Bonobos in Congo, in 1994, and has been located at the Petites Chutes de la Lukaya since 2002.[5]


  1. ^ "Visitez d'autres sites touristiques ans la région: Petites chutes de la Lukaya". Lac de Ma Vallée. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  2. ^ Mboka, Mwana (January 29, 2011). "Kinshasa Then and Now". Retrieved 2011-11-28.
  3. ^ "Attractions". Ville de Kinshasa. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  4. ^ "Aux alentours de Kinshasa: Chutes de La Lukaya". Kinshasa-congo. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  5. ^ "Lola ya Bonobo". African Conservation Foundation. Retrieved 2011-11-29.