THE MOYEN-OGOOUE

 

 

 

 

 

Geographic location

Lambaréné is located a few kilometers from the Equator (Latitude: 0.70 ° South and Longitude: 10.21 ° East) on an island in the middle of Ogooué. With nearly 25,000 inhabitants.

Lambaréné is the chief town of the province of Moyen-Ogooué, but it is also the economic and administrative pole of this province. Lambarene was founded by the Galoa clan.

Long time ago, the Galoa clan lived on the north bank of the Ogooue. The Ogooué is an angry river with impressive overflows during the rainy season.

History

At Lambaréné weather station, the average annual flow is 4700 m3, its floods reach 11600 m3 and the low flows down to 1500 m3. Despite the power of the river, the Galoa knew how to control it and knew how to draw all the resources necessary for their existence.

The peaceful life of the Galoa people on the banks of the Ogooue lasted for decades until the day when the Fang people, coming from northern Gabon, waged war.

The Fight - After some resistance the Galoa people ended up fleeing in canoes to reach an island which would put them out of danger of the Fang people.

And this island on the Ogooue was named by the arrivals "Lembareni" which means "let’s try. The Galoa could continue to live in peace because the river served as impassable.

The river served as a ramparts against the peoples who did not have control over its tumultuous and very rapid waters.

The Galoa could continue to live in peace because the river served as impassable ramparts against the peoples who did not have control over its tumultuous and very rapid waters.

Dr Albert Schweitzer

Hospital Schweitzer

The Arrival

Many years later the French arrived and, unable to pronounce correctly the name of the village, they decided to call it Lambaréné.

Finally, one comes from far to Lambaréné to take care to the hospital of Doctor Albert Schweitzer.

We knew that Lambaréné is a city of water so much the waters of the Ogooué plays an important role for this city

But did you know that the city of Schweitzer is surrounded by lakes all more magnificent than the others.

The Lakes

All of these lakes can be visited by dugout canoe. To the north, Lake Zilé, nearest to Lambaréné. If you are not careful you would soon pass the entrance of the lake, so this one, narrow is masked by nature. Lakes Azingo and Gomé are worth a visit.

To the south we arrive in the region of the great lakes. Evaro, Onangué and Ogouémé. At Lake Evaro, one can observe the hippos and the magnificent organization of their habitat.

Indeed, by stopping a little before and by walking somewhat in the bush you arrive at their den. A path emerges from the water and runs about ten meters among the reeds. Shelters are easily recognizable.

Those used to sleep are made of crushed reeds, while those serving as a dining area are grazed. Not to mention the lakes Onangué and Ogouémé which are beautiful.