Ruzizi River

Coordinates: 03°21′51″S 29°16′04″E / 3.36417°S 29.26778°E / -3.36417; 29.26778
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Ruzizi River
Hippopotami in the Ruzizi River in Burundi
CountriesDR Congo (DRC)
Physical characteristics
SourceLake Kivu
 - locationborder between Bukavu
and Cyangugu, South Kivu, DRC
 - coordinates02°29′27″S 28°53′35″E / 2.49083°S 28.89306°E / -2.49083; 28.89306[2]
 - elevation1,472 m (4,829 ft)[1]
MouthLake Tanganyika
 - locationwest of Bujumbura, Burundi, Bujumbura Rural Province
 - coordinates03°21′51″S 29°16′04″E / 3.36417°S 29.26778°E / -3.36417; 29.26778[2]
 - elevation768 m (2,520 ft)[1]
Length117 km (73 mi)[3]
 - average100 m3/s (3,500 cu ft/s)[4]

The Ruzizi River, or Rusizi River,[5] is a river, 117 kilometres (73 mi) long. It flows from Lake Kivu to Lake Tanganyika in East Africa.

Crocodile[change | change source]

A notorious man-eating crocodile, Gustave, roams the banks of the Ruzizi River and the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika. Gustave is a Nile crocodile and is about 6 metres (20 ft) long and weighs about 900 kilograms (2,000 lb). He is said to have killed and eaten many people.[6] Though the actual number is difficult to verify, he is a near-mythical creature and is greatly feared by people in the region.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Derived from geolocation with Google Earth.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Geolocation with Google Earth
  3. Felton, Anna A.; Russell, James M.; Cohen, Andrew S.; Baker, Mark E.; Chesley, John T.; Lezzar, Kiram E.; McGlue, Michael M.; Pigati, Jeffrey S.; Quade, Jay; Curt Stager, J.; Tiercelin, Jean Jacques (2007). "Paleolimnological Evidence for the Onset and Termination of Glacial Aridity from Lake Tanganyika, Tropical East Africa". Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 252 (3–4): 405. Bibcode:2007PPP...252..405F. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2007.04.003.
  4. Lamers, Alfred (1990). "Ruzizi II - A Fine Example of Regional Cooperation". Human Info NGO Library for Education and Development. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  5. "Ruzizi River". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  6. McRae, Michael. "Gustave the Croc Surfaces to Strike Again". National Geographic (February 2008). Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  7. McRae, Michael (March 2005). "Gustave: Have You Seen This Crocodile?". National Geographic Adventure. Retrieved 5 July 2016. Updated on 2007-01-08, 2007-04-19, and 2008-01-05