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 worldMan has lived on the banks of the Nile since the dawn of humanity, utilizing its fertile plains and plentiful water, and the river has been the source of numerous explorations throughout history. One of the most recorded adventures is the race to find the source of the Nile, a subject that is an issue even today due to varying theories.Two major tributaries unite to form the Nile. The Blue Nile rises in Ethiopia at Lake Tana and the source of all debate, the White Nile which is the longest of the two tributaries, rising somewhere in Central Africa. The two rivers meet near Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.
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.
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.