River Ethiope

The River Ethiope is found in the Delta State of Nigeria. The River originates from a community called Umuaja and flows through several others before joining the sea at Sapele. The River is shared by four local government councils namely Ukwuani, Ethiope East, Okpe and Sapele with an estimated population of 1.7 million people.


How to get there:

Abraka where the state university is located, is about 30 minutes (by road) from its source in Umuaja.

The river at this point is fairly free from pollution and the water is so clear that you can see the riverbed. This has been blamed for people drowning in the river as they have misjudged the depth before jumping in.


  • The river is about 50km long.
  • Origin-Umuaja

The River Ethiope is a river of outstanding beauty.  It is home to a great biodiversity of plants and animals. The river provides ecosystem services such as flood control, climate change regulation, recreation, spiritual homage, water supply, food, research and education, medicine, building materials etc to many communities through which it passes. However, the ability of River Ethiope to continue to provide these ecosystem services to man and other living things is being seriously hampered as result of development pressure and consequences of climate change driven by poverty, ignorance and corruption.

Adventure Thing to Do:

  • Swimming
  • Sightseeing
  • Bird watching

Information sources:

  • http://artsymoments.com/2016/08/02/travel-destination-abraka/
  • https://www.internationalrivers.org/resources/irikkefe-v-dafe-river-ethiope-7850

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