Congo is the 2nd. largest river in Africa and 7th. largest river in the world. It has a length of 3000 mileswith 1,500,000 sq. miles drainage area. it has a vast region of dense forest 2nd. largest in the world and next to Amazon.A portuguese explorer, Diogo Cao, discovered the mouth where as Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-!904), in 1871 at the call of of the newspaper , New york Herald, went to Africa at the age of 30 as a correspondent for a special mission . He was to try to find the missionary- doctor-explorer David Livingstone who had veen lost for five years He set out from Zanzibar in the interiore in march 1871. Travelling for eight months with difficulties he learnt from the natives that a white man with white beard was found in the Arab town of Ujijion lake Tanganiyaka. there he fond the man -old,ill and short of supplies but devoting his life to the welbeing of the natives and to fight against the evil of the slve trade.He stayed with Livingstone for four months and became his admirerAfter the ddeath of livingstone in 1873 Stanley decided to continue his voyage and discovered the course of Congo River .
rising in the north of Northern Rhoesia, in the name Chambezi, flows south- west to lake Bangweulu. it leaves the lake as laupula, and goes from south to north to enter lake Mweru , finally leaves northern Rhodesia and flows out as the Luvua receiving Lualabafrom the south at Ankoro.As the lualaba , it flows north to to Nyangwe, below which it is kown as Congo. The Stanley Falls , near Stanleyville , marks the start of the middle Congo, which flows in a great s
River basin of Congo
Here it meets its main tributaries Aruwimi and Ubangi from the north and Loumami and kasai from the south.From the junction with the Ubangi the congo forms the boundary between the two Congos, french and belgium.