Mungo Park crossed the Bafing over a suspension bridge around 1796
|Drain over||Senegal → Atlantic|
|source||In the mountains of Fouta Djallon , near the town of Mamou .|
|confluence||at Bafoulabé with the Bakoyé to Senegal
|Height difference||about 708 m|
|Bottom slope||about 0.89 ‰|
| Discharge at the Makana
A Eo gauge: 21,290 km²
HHQ (max. Month Ø)
|0 l / s
242 m³ / s
11.4 l / (s km²)
915 m³ / s
1902 m³ / s
|Left tributaries||Tene , Kloma, Koeta|
View of the Bafing from a pirogue just before the mouth
The Bafing ( Mande for "Black River") is an approximately 800 km long river in Guinea and Mali ( West Africa ), which forms the border between the two countries on a stretch of river . It is the longest source river in Senegal.
Average monthly flow of the Bafing measured at the hydrological station at Makana in m³ / s (values read from the diagram).
Between 1982 and 1988 the Manantali dam was built near Manantali in Mali, which dams a reservoir almost the size of Lake Constance . The lake is used to regulate the water level in the river. It accumulates the water in the rainy season and continuously releases it again in the dry season, making Bafing and Senegal navigable all year round. In addition, there is always enough water available for irrigation of agriculture on the river.
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