Central African Fluvial Systems

The Sangha river  (Copyright by Michelle Klailova)
A small boat on the Sangha river
 A meandering river
 The village Bayanga, located at the bank of the Sangha river
 

In the south of CAR two extensive fluvial systems flow south towards the Congo River. The Oubangui, on the banks of which lies the capital Bangui, is navigable. Up until today, oil is transported by boat from Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) to Bangui. The second fluvial system running into the Congo is the Sangha, which, until a few years ago, was still serving as a navigation route. To the North the Chari-Logone system flows into Lake Chad. CAR is thus found on the dividing line between the waters of the Lake Chad and Congo basins.

After the Amazon, the Congo Basin is the second largest tract of tropical forest and harbours an incomparable flora and fauna. In this regard, the forest constitutes a vital resource for millions of people in seven countries.