Boumba River

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Boumba River
Bumba, Wumo
Crossing the Bumba, 1911.jpg
The Boumba River 1911
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RegionsEast Region
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationNear Abong-Mbang
 ⁃ coordinates3°52′00″N 13°28′00″E / 3.86667°N 13.46667°E / 3.86667; 13.46667
 ⁃ elevation680 m (2,230 ft)
MouthConfuence with the Dja River
 ⁃ location
Near Moloundou
 ⁃ coordinates
2°02′07″N 15°11′37″E / 2.035382°N 15.193748°E / 2.035382; 15.193748
 ⁃ elevation
350 m (1,150 ft)
Length530 km (330 mi)
Basin size27,400 km2 (10,579 sq mi)
 ⁃ locationMoloundou
 ⁃ average285 m3/s (10,100 cu ft/s)
Basin features
River systemKongo River
 ⁃ leftLokomo
 ⁃ rightMedoum, Bouda, Ndjwe, Bek

Boumba River is a river in the South Cameroon Plateau of southeast Cameroon.


The river rises in the Abong-Mbang region. The Boumba is almost 530 km long, and has a catchment of 27.400 km² [1]


The flow of the river was measured at Biwala in m³/s[1]


The river is a tributary of the Dja River and is adjacent to the Boumba Bek National Park, which is located between the Boumba and the Bek River. The forested area around the river is a diverse ecosystem. Logging is an industry in the area. The remote region is home to the Baka.[2] Communities in the area engage in subsistence farming, hunting, fishing and gathering. The area is also used illegal commercial bushmeat hunters and traders and trophy hunters. Parrots and ivory are also smuggled through the area.[3]


  • The area is believed to be a possible origin of the HIV virus.[4]
  • The legendary Mokèlé-mbèmbé was reportedly sighted on the river in 2000.


  1. ^ a b PDF about the hydrology of Cameroon (French)
  2. ^ Protected areas and indigenous peoples: the paradox of conservation and survival of the Baka in Moloundou region (south-east Cameroon)
  3. ^ "Rainforest Movement". Archived from the original on 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  4. ^ Out of Africa: The Origins of HIV

Coordinates: 2°02′07″N 15°11′37″E / 2.0354°N 15.1937°E / 2.0354; 15.1937