River Niger & River Benue are the two most relevant and longest river in West Africa. The two rivers has boasted the tourism industry, the economy and the level of social interaction in the state. Lokoja is mostly known and celebrated for is its confluence. This article explains everything on where the longest rivers in West Africa meet, their meeting point, So continue reading below..
River Niger is main river in West Africa. It stands out to be the eleventh longest river in African continent extending 4, 180 km. It’s source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea. The river Niger has continued remain a wonder to the first Europeans who set foot on Nigeria’s soil until John and Richard Landers passed through the confluence on October 25th 1830 thereby completing the journey that Mungo Park had started.
Formerly called Chadda River or Tchadda, River Benue is known to be the major tributary of the Niger River. The length of River Benue is approximately 1,400 kilometres long and is almost entirely navigable during the summer months. River Benue majorly serves as a transportation route in the regions through which it flows.
Rivers Niger and Benue are the two largest rivers in West Africa. River Niger and River Benue meet at Lokoja in Kogi state, forming a Y-shaped structure in what appears to be a magnificent union and draining southwards into the ocean. While River Niger is brownish in colour, River Benue is light green in colour. Fishing is carried on extensively on the rivers. There are ferry and boat services plus cruising facilities within view of the confluence.