In 1871, Stanley and Livingstone landed at Bujumbura and explored the Ruzizi River region. On 1 July 1962, Burundi became an independent kingdom headed by Mwami (King) Mwambutsa IV. He was deposed in July 1966 and was succeeded in September by his heir, Mwami Ntare V.
4,700 km. Democratic Republic of the Congo / Central African Republic / Angola / Republic of the Congo / Tanzania / Cameroon / Zambia / Burundi / Rwanda. For a time known as the Zaire River) is the largest river in Western Central Africa. Its overall length of 4,700 km (2,922 miles) makes it the second longest in Africa (after the Nile).