Sanaga River

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Edea bridge on the Sanaga.

The Sanaga River is a river of South Province, Cameroon, Centre Province, Cameroon, and West Province, Cameroon. Its length is about 600 kilometers.

The Sanaga River (formerly German: Zannaga) forms a boundary between two tropical moist forest ecoregions. The Cross-Sanaga-Bioko coastal forests lie to the north between the Sanaga River and the Cross River of Nigeria, and the Atlantic Equatorial coastal forests extend south of the river through southwestern Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Cabinda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Sanaga River originates where the Djérem River and Lom River meet. Apart from those originating rivers, its main tributary is the Mbam River.


  • The Camrail railway bridges the Sanaga River at Edea.


Dams and Reservoirs[edit]

Beginning at the headwaters, there are 2 dams on the Sanaga River:

Dam Nameplate capacity (MW) Reservoir Surface area (km²) Total capacity (Mio. m³)
Song Loulou 384 10
Edea 264

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 3°33′33.62″N 9°39′07.83″E / 3.5593389°N 9.6521750°E / 3.5593389; 9.6521750