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· We make the epic journey from Kinshasha, capital of the DRC, to Kisangani, the third largest city in this vast country. The only way to move between the citi...
NASA images of the Congo Basin. The river itself is as turbulent as its history, though it begins peacefully enough in the savannas just south of Lake Tanganyika. Gradually the river widens and picks up speed until it enters the "Gates of Hell," a 75-miles long canyon of impassable rapids.
· "Gates of Hell" -- Though not an official designation, this affectionate name has been applied to the point where the river speeds up, widens and roils in rapids through 75 miles of canyon. The river spends into the ocean at Sharks Point in Angola and Banana Point in Kinshasha, Congo.
· From the true source in north-east Zambia, the Congo river is just short of 3,000 miles long and the eighth longest river in the world, with a flow rate and drainage area second only to the Amazon.
History has painted the Congo River and the rainforest along its banks as being full of cannibals, pygmies, horrible plagues and strange beasts. The Congo River is believed to have formed approximately 1.5 to 2 million years ago. This was the Pleistocene period. One section of the Congo River is referred to as 'The Gates of Hell'.