By Ethan H

  Limpopo River

The Limpopo River Rising as the Crocodile River in the South Africa's Witwatersrand region, it forms the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe then crosses  Mozambique. Deforestation in Mozambique contributed to a massive flooding of the Limpopo in 2000. the name Limpopo means river of waterfall. The Limpopo River is about 1100 miles it begins as the Crocodile River in northeastern South Africa. The Crocodile flows north until it joins the Marico River. From that point it is known as the Limpopo River. The river then forms part of the border between South Africa and its two neighbors, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The Shashi River joins the Limpopo as it flows east toward Mozambique. When it enters Mozambique the Limpopo drops 800 feet. There are a lot of rapids in this part of the river because of the drop. The Limpopo River the joins with the Olifants River 130 miles from the coast. There is a large dam on the Limpopo 60 miles inland. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was the first European to see the Limpopo River. He stop at the river’s mouth in 1498 during his voyage to India he called it “holy spirit” Limpopo is one of South Africa’s nine provinces. Limpopo was founded in 1994. Until 2002 it was called the Northern Province.  Rudyard Kipling who in the "Elephant's Child" referred to it as "the great grey-green ,greasy Limpopo River all set about with fever trees."                                                                Sources: Alabama virtual library


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