Source of the Nile

Source of the Nile is one of Uganda’s top visited tourist destinations that marks the beginning of River Nile which happens to be the longest river in Africa. River Nile flows to the north of northeastern Africa, and it is recorded as the longest river in Africa and the second-longest river in the world, after the Amazon river which is the longest in the world than the Nile.

Source of the Nile

The River Nile is 6,750 km long and it’s an international river as its drainage covers over eleven countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Republic of Sudan, South Sudan, and Egypt. Source of the Nile is the source of the water of Sudan and Egypt.

The River Nile has two major tributaries including the Blue Nile and White Nile, whereby the White Nile is the headwaters and the stream of the Nile. The Blue Nile is the source of silt and water. The White Nile is longer and rises in the Great Lakes region of central Africa which is found in Rwanda and Burundi, flowing north through Tanzania, in Lake Victoria Uganda and South Sudan.

The Blue Nile starts at Lake Tana in Ethiopia which flows into Sudan from the South East. The two rivers meet north of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

The north section of the river flows north through the Sudanese desert to Egypt which ends in the large delta flowing into the Mediterranean sea, Egyptian Civilization and the Sudan Kingdom which has depended on the river since ancient times. Most historical sites of Ancient Egypt and cultural sites are found along the River banks.

The Source of the Nile at times is considered as Lake Victoria, but River Kagera flows into Lake Victoria near Bukoba a town of Tanzania which is regarded as the longest feeder which originates from Nyungwe National Park.

Ruvyironza and Nyabarongo in Burundi also flow from Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda, there after the two feeder rivers meet near Rusumo falls on the Tanzania-Rwanda border.

The River Nile leaves Lake Nyanza at Ripon falls which are located in Jinja and thereafter flows north for some 140 kilometers to Lake Kyoga.

It’s part of the approximately 200 Kilometers river section which starts from the western shores of Lake and flows at to the west south of Masindi Port, where the river turns north, making a great half-circle to the East and North until the Karuma falls.

Enjoy a boat ride to Samuka Island which is another great encounter of its own, enjoying the beautiful fauna along the Nile.

There are a number of activities to encounter including the Bungee Jumping, visiting the Bujagali Falls, water rafting, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking through villages, forests, farms besides visiting the Nile.

White Water Rafting at the Source of the Nile
White Water Rafting at the Source of the Nile

Lake Kyoga feeds the river with Fresh water and this lake leads to Murchison falls National park. The park has a number of activities to encounter including visiting the top of the falls, Boat rides, game drives, bird species, and primate walks.

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