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Rurubu River

Coordinates: 2°23′23″S 30°46′52″E / 2.38972°S 30.78111°E / -2.38972; 30.78111
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The Ruvubu at its confluence with Nyabarongo. The Ruvubu comes from the left, the Nayabarongo from the right; the confluent Kagera heads north.
Ruvuvu River (bottom center)

The Ruvubu River (also spelt Rurubu and Ruvuvu) is a river in central Africa whose waters gather from the most distant, southern portion of the Nile basin. With a total length of 416 km (258 mi) and has a drainage basin of 14,000 km2 (5,400 sq mi). It rises in the north of Burundi, near the town of Kayanza and then does a southward arc through Burundi, being joined by the Ruvyironza River near Gitega. From there it runs northeast, through the Ruvubu National Park, up to the Tanzanian border. After a stretch along the border, the Ruvubu crosses properly into Tanzania, before joining the Nyabarongo River on the Tanzania–Rwanda border near Rusumo Falls, to form the Kagera River.

The Ruvubu gets its name from the Kirundi word for hippopatamus, imvubu, because the river is home to a large population of hippos.[1]

2°23′23″S 30°46′52″E / 2.38972°S 30.78111°E / -2.38972; 30.78111


  1. ^ INECN (1990). La Preservation de Notre Patrimoine Naturel. Les Presses Lavigerie, Bujumbura.