The Congo River (also known as the Zaire) is over 2,720 miles (4,375 km) long. It is the fifth-longest river in the world, and the second longest in Africa - second only to the Nile River in Northeastern Africa. The Congo River flows primarily through the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the People's Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and partially through Zambia, Angola, Cameroon, and Tanzania. The Congo ranges in width from 0.5 to 10 miles (0.8 to 16 km) depending on the location and time of year.
Due to the fact that the Congo has many tributaries, the Congo River is the biggest transportation source in Central Africa. The Ubangi River is a major tributary, along with the Aruwimi, Kasai, and Lomami Rivers. The Congo River and all the streams that contribute to it together account for over 9,000 miles (14,500 km) of navigable routes across Central Africa.
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