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The River Benue looking south east from Jimeta.
Map showing the course of the Benue through eastern Nigeria and northern-central Cameroon.

The Benue River (French: la Bénoué) is the major tributary of the Niger River. The river is approximately 1,400 km long and is almost entirely navigable during the summer months. As a result, it is an important transportation route in the regions through which it flows.

It rises in the Adamawa Plateau of northern Cameroon, from where it flows west, and through the town of Garoua and Lagdo Reservoir, into Nigeria south of the Mandara mountains, and through Jimeta, Ibi and Makurdi before meeting the Niger at Lokoja.

The river's largest tributary is the Mayo Kébbi, which connects it with the Logone River (part of the Lake Chad system) during floods. Other tributaries are Taraba River and Katsina-Ala River.

Coordinates: 7°47′N 6°46′E / 7.783°N 6.767°E / 7.783; 6.767


1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

BENUE, a river of West Africa, the largest and most important affluent of the Niger, which it joins after a course of over 800 m. in a general east to west direction from its source in the mountains of Adamawa. Through the Tuburi marshes there is a water connexion between the Benue (Niger) and Shari (Lake Chad) systems.

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