Top 10 Facts about the River Congo

Post On: June 16, 2017
In: Rivers

The second longest river in Africa is explained on Facts about the River Congo. According to the discharge volume, it is the second largest river. The depth of River Congo reaches 720 feet or 220 metres. The overall length of Congo-Chambeshi River is measured at 2,920 miles or 4,700 kilometers.  The total length of the river is measured at 2,715 miles or 4,370 kilometers. Check other interesting facts about River Congo below:

Facts about the River Congo 1: the Congo Basin

The Congo Basin covers 13 percent of the landmass of Africa. It spans on the area of 4 million kilometer square.

Facts about the River Congo 2: the name of the river

The name of the river was inspired from the name of Kingdom of Kongo situated at the southern bank of the river.

Facts about the River Congo

Facts about the River Congo

Facts about the River Congo 3: in 16th and 17th centuries

In 16th and 17th centuries, River Congo was called Zaire. In 18th century, the name River Congo gradually replaced its Zaire name. In 19th century, people chose to use River Congo to call it in literature. However, it was still prevalent for the local occupants to call it the river Zaire or Zahir.

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Facts about the River Congo 4: countries

There are a number of countries named after the river. In 1971 until 1997, Zaire was named after the river. The countries like Republic of the Congo or Democratic Republic of the Congo were named after the river.

the River Congo Facts

the River Congo Facts

Facts about the River Congo 5: the discharge

The discharge of water at the mouth of River Congo is around 23,000 until 75,000 cu m per s.


Facts about the River Congo 6: Congo Rainforest

Congo Rainforest is supplied by River Congo and its tributaries. It is considered as the second largest rainforest in the world. The first one is taken by Amazon Rainforest.

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Facts about the River Congo 7: Middle Congo

The tributaries in Middle Congo include Kwa-Kassai, Lomami River, Tshuapa River and Sangha.

Facts about the River Congo 8: the power source

The possibility to have Congo River, as the main source of power is limitless due to the 1,800,000 cubic feet of water that it has during the rainy season.

the River Congo

the River Congo

Facts about the River Congo 9: the number of hydropower plants

Congo Basin has around 40 hydropower plants. Ingal Falls dam is the largest one.

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Facts about the River Congo 10: species

River Congo is a home to numerous species. The aquatic life is super rich. It is a home for 700 species of fish.

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