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The Ogoué (or Ogowe) is the principal river of Gabon in west central Africa. Its watershed drains nearly the entire country of Gabon, with some tributaries reaching into Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea.

At about 900 km, the Ogoué is relatively short. It rises in the northwest of the Bateke Plateau, runs northwest and then west, running into the Gulf of Guinea south of Port Gentil. The river delta is quite large, about 100 km long and 100 km wide. The total watershed is 223,856 sq km, and consists mostly of undisturbed forest with some grassland; the catchment area has an average population destiny of 4 people per sq km.

The Ogoué is navigable for much of its length, and is a major artery for commerce in Gabon. Towns along the river include Loanda, Lambarene, Ndjole, Booue, Lastoursville, and Franceville near the Congo border.

All three species of crocodile occur in the river: the Nile crocodile, the dwarf crocodile, and the slender-snouted crocodile.

The first European explorer, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, travelled in the area in the 1870s. Persistent reports by the natives of creatures resembling dinosaurs have motivated a number of recent expeditions into the area of the northern tributaries of the Ogoué and the swamps on the western side of the Congo River.

Tributaries:

  • Abanga
  • Iyinda / Ayina
    • Djadie
    • Djoua
    • Liboumba
    • Mounianze
    • Oua
  • Lekoni
  • Leyou
  • Lolo
  • Myoung
  • Ngounie
    • Ikoy
  • Sebe

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