1958 – First Trans-African Waterways Expedition

First Trans-African Waterways Expedition

1st June – 23rd August, 1958

In 1958, Dr Daan Marais led the First Trans-African Waterways Expedition. The group set out from the Port of Chinde in the Zambezi estuary on the Indian Ocean, 1st June. They travelled 5,792 km via four lakes and seven major rivers to meet the Atlantic ocean at Banana Point, Congo River estuary on 23rd August.

The primary purpose of the expedition was to survey the route to determine the possible development of an equatorial water highway, providing arterial links of commerce and industry between the two oceans.

The expedition was documented in the book When Rivers Meet by Mirabel Rogers in 1960.