Ruzizi River

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Coordinates: 03°21′51″S 29°16′04″E / 3.36417°S 29.26778°E / -3.36417; 29.26778
Ruzizi River
Hippopotami in the Ruzizi River in Burundi
Country DR Congo (DRC)
Source Lake Kivu
 - location border between Bukavu
and Cyangugu, South Kivu, DRC & Western Province, Rwanda
 - elevation 1,472 m (4,829 ft) [1]
 - coordinates 02°29′27″S 28°53′35″E / 2.49083°S 28.89306°E / -2.49083; 28.89306 [2]
Mouth Lake Tanganyika
 - location west of Bujumbura, Burundi, Bujumbura Rural Province
 - elevation 768 m (2,520 ft) [1]
 - coordinates 03°21′51″S 29°16′04″E / 3.36417°S 29.26778°E / -3.36417; 29.26778 [2]
Length 117 km (73 mi)
 - average 100 /s (3,531 cu ft/s)

The Ruzizi River, or Rusizi River,[3] 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.[4] Though the actual number is difficult to verify, he is a near-mythical creature and is greatly feared by people in the region.[5]

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. "Ruzizi River". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 5 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. McRae, Michael. "Gustave the Croc Surfaces to Strike Again". National Geographic (February 2008). Retrieved 5 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. 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 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)