Republic of Congo

The Republic of Congo lies on the River Congo in Africa; the equator runs through the centre of the country. Congo has a narrow coastal plain on which its main port, Pointe Noire, stands.

Behind the plain are uplands through which the River Niari has carved a valley. To the east lies Malebo Pool, a large lake where the River Congo widens. Central Congo consists of high plains, while the north has large swampy areas in the valleys of rivers that flow into the River Congo and its tributary, the Oubangi.