Falémé River

The Falémé River is a river in West Africa. The Falémé arises in northern Guinea and flows in a north-northeast direction to Mali, forming a short portion of the border between Guinea and Senegal. It turns north and then forms a portion of the border between Mali and Senegal, before joining the Sénégal River 50 km upstream of the town of Bakel in Senegal.

Falémé River
Falémé River
Map of the Senegal River drainage basin including Falémé
Physical characteristics
 • location
Atlantic Ocean

Falémé River at Kidira

Average monthly flow (m3/s) at the Kidira hydrometric station over the period 1904-1984[1]


The Falémé River is around 650 km in length and drains a basin of 28,900 km2. Its source is in the northern part of the Fouta Djallon highlands at an altitude of 800 m.[2] Most of the rainfall on the highlands occurs between May and October as a result of the West African Monsoon. August is normally the wettest month. The flow of the river is highly seasonal with the maximum occurring during September and very little flow between December and June. The average annual discharge of the river over the period 1904-1984 was 6.59 km3.[1]


There are iron ore deposits in Senegal near the headwaters of this river. More recently there has been a gold rush around the village of Diabougou in Senegal and very near the Mali border.[3]


  1. ^ a b Hydrographic data for Kidira, Sénégal 1930-1983, Unesco International Hydrological Programme, archived from the original on 29 January 2009, retrieved 24 May 2012.
  2. ^ SENEGAL-HYCOS: Renforcement des capacités nationales et régionales d’observation, transmission et traitement de données pour contribuer au développement durable du bassin du Fleuve Sénégal (Document de projet préliminaire) (PDF) (in French), Système Mondial d’Observation du Cycle Hydrologique (WHYCOS), 2007, p. 4, archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-28.
  3. ^ "Senegal's rush for gold amid mining dangers (video)". BBC. 27 September 2011.

Coordinates: 14°45′49″N 12°14′28″W / 14.7637°N 12.241°W / 14.7637; -12.241