San Benito, Lolo, Uelle, Voleu, Wele, Woleu
The Mbini in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon
Gabon Equatorial Guinea
|origin||almost 50 kilometers east of Oyem
|muzzle||to Bonny Bay
|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|
Mouth of the Mbini
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.
- Statistical Information on Activities in Operational Hydrology
- Entry in the German colonial dictionary
- A directory of African wetlands By RH Hughes, JS Hughes, pp. 499–501 ( on Google Books )