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No, photo of rivers merging without mixing from Georgia, not anywhere in Africa

A dramatic photo shared widely on Facebook appears to show two rivers flowing into one another at the foot of a mountain, without the waters of the rivers mixing. 

Some users sharing the photo claim it shows the “Kasai and Mai-Ndombe rivers” in Kwango province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC. Others say it shows the rivers Orashi and Ogbuide in Nigeria.

According to information recorded by the Freshwater Ecoregions of the World, an ecoregion map, “Lake Mai Ndombe connects with the Lukenie-Fimi River, which joins with the Kasai and eventually flows into the Congo River”. 

In other words, “Mai Ndombe” is the name of a lake, not a river. So is any of the information shared with the photo true? We checked.

Rivers in country of Georgia, south of Russia

A Google reverse image search leads to a website offering guided tours of the country of Georgia, which borders the eastern end of the Black Sea, south of Russia.

The widely circulated photo is in fact of a Georgian tourist attraction, the confluence of the Tetri Aragvi (“White Aragvi”) and the Shavi Aragvi (“Black Aragvi”) rivers. 

This is in the village of Pasanauri, about 90 kilometres north of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, and far from either the DRC or Nigeria.Grace Gichuhi


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