Mbini (river)

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San Benito, Lolo, Uelle, Voleu, Wele, Woleu
The Mbini in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon

The Mbini in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon

location GabonGabon Gabon Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea 
River system Mbini
origin almost 50 kilometers east of Oyem
1 ° 38 ′ 0 ″  N , 11 ° 59 ′ 0 ″  E
Source height about  700  m
muzzle to Bonny Bay Coordinates: 1 ° 36 ′ 0 ″  N , 9 ° 37 ′ 17 ″  E 1 ° 36 ′ 0 ″  N , 9 ° 37 ′ 17 ″  E
Mouth height m
Height difference about 700 m
Bottom slope about 2.3 ‰
length Over 300 km
Catchment area 14,000 km²
Reservoirs flowed through Kraftwerk Djibloho , power plant Sendje
Medium-sized cities Oyala
Small towns Niefang
Mouth of the Mbini

Mouth of the Mbini

The Mbini is a coastal river in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon . It is the most important river in Equatorial Guinea.


The Mbini is called differently. The name Rio (San) Benito comes from the Spanish colonial era . The lower reaches are mostly called Mbini , the upper and middle reaches also often Wele or Woleu .


The river has its sources in northern Gabon, in the province of Woleu-Ntem , about 50 kilometers east of Oyem . It flows from east to west. In the upper reaches his bed is on a plateau with a very slight gradient and meanders strongly. The lower reaches lead through mountainous area. After the city of Djibloho , about halfway along its flow path, the gradient increases and the river bends at right angles to the north. Shortly afterwards the Djibloho power plant is located . The river flows a further 50 kilometers to the north until it swings in a wide arc to the south-west. Just before the Mbini flows into its estuary , the Sendje power plant is being built. At its mouth there are vast mangrove forests that extend up to 20 kilometers inland.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Statistical Information on Activities in Operational Hydrology
  2. Entry in the German colonial dictionary
  3. ^ A directory of African wetlands By RH Hughes, JS Hughes, pp. 499–501 ( on Google Books )