The Nile. Ancient River of Africa | Kenya Safari Guide
Immortalized in print and on screen the Nile is arguably the most famous river in Africa, and at more than 6000km is the longest river in the world
The Search for the Source of the NileAs the White Nile is the longer of two tributaries it is generally considered that its source is the source of the greater Nile. Many expeditions in the 1800's centered on the search for the source of the Nile with organizations such as the National Geographic Society paying huge sums to finance these expeditions.Sunset over Lake Victoria from Mfangano Island Camp
After many adventures it was claimed that Lake Victoria was the source of the Nile, the exact spot located at Jinja in Uganda. This was the accepted ideal for more than a century but recently the debate has surfaced again with many saying that the one of the tributaries of Lake Victoria had to be the true source. With this new debate it seems that the actual source could be located in Rwanda or Burundi.
Many Countries Sharing the BountyIf it is decided that one of the tributaries of Lake Victoria is indeed the source of the Nile then it will mean the number of countries the Nile runs through is ten:, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Egypt.
Tourism and the NileMfangano Island Camp. Dining at the edge of Lake Victoria
Aside from the iconic tourist attractions of Egypt, the Nile provides attractions all along its course, from the activities in and around Lake Victoria to the roaring power of the Murchison Falls in Uganda. The Nile is also associated with wildlife including Chimpanzees, Buffalo and Elephants found in Murchison Falls National Park.
Boat cruises and white water rafting are also available for tourists on sections of the Nile.