River Nile, The longest river in the world

Zula River Nile Uganda The longest river in world

River Nile is formed by three principal streams: the Blue Nile (Arabic: Al-Baḥr Al-Azraq; Amharic: Abay) and the Atbara (Arabic: Nahr ʿAṭbarah). This flows from the highlands of Ethiopia, and the White Nile (Arabic: Al-Baḥr Al-Abyad), the headstreams of which flow into Lakes Victoria and Albert.

The Nile River basin, which covers about one-tenth of the area of the continent, served as the stage for the evolution and decay of advanced civilizations in the ancient world.

On the banks of the river dwelled people who were among the first to cultivate the arts of agriculture and to use the plow.

The basin is bordered on the north by the Mediterranean; on the east by the Red Sea Hills and the Ethiopian Plateau; on the south by the East African Highlands, which include Lake Victoria, a Nile source.

And on the west by the less well-defined watershed between the Nile, Chad, and Congo basins, extending northwest to include the Marrah Mountains of Sudan, the Al-Jilf al-Kabīr Plateau of Egypt, and the Libyan Desert (part of the Sahara).

River Nile is well known to be the longest river in the world. Its source starts right from Jinja Uganda, some people may be wondering how the name Nile come about.

It’s a famous Greek word simply meaning valley. The river starts from the Northeastern part of Africa. It flows from the surrounding areas close to the equator to the outrageous Safari desert and up to the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Elements of River Nile

The river is about 6696km long and pours its water to over nine countries although it’s more centered to Uganda as well as Egypt. Countries include Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zair and Ethiopia.

This famous river and longest comprises of two major twigs, the white and blue Nile that connects in Khartoum to form the core Nile that is made up of Cataract Nile along with Egyptian Nile.

The white Nile is the longest and splits into three parts;1)the lake plateau region,2)The sudd,3)The central Sudan region.

The availability of water from the Nile throughout the year, combined with the area’s high temperatures, makes possible intensive cultivation along its banks.

Even in some of the regions in which the average rainfall is sufficient for cultivation, marked annual variations in precipitation often make cultivation without irrigation risky.

The Nile has contributed a lot to the modernization of countries like Uganda and Egypt. Its history has been the major source as why people have been Uganda.

The Nile provides power to Ugandans and it’s the source of energy, the dam gives electricity to country to enable them carry out their daily activities. The banks of the Nile are too fertile to favor agriculture and still provide water to people.

Egypt is acknowledged to be a dry land but it has been able to do its farming on irrigation and the fertile soils that are close to the nile.

The Nile has also been the source of life to some animals that enjoy water like the crocodiles that occupy the river banks in Egypt. The crocodiles discover in Egypt are stated to be longer and dangerous as well.

Water falls on the Nile

 

So many activities are done on the Nile for instance water rafting, bungee jumping, Kayaking, boat rides as well as fishing. These have attracted large numbers of tourists that visit Uganda.

Once you are here, you get to know that surely Uganda is the peal of Africa. The most exciting element about Egypt is that its historical sites are centered on the Nile bank.

Tourists endeavor to pass by and get firsthand information. The best way to catch a closer glimpse of the Nile is by taking up a Nile cruise, you will see all the hidden beauty of the different countries and the experience will be exciting.

As you plan for tour to Africa, the Nile must be one of the places to visit before you go back home. It’s a must see beauty of Africa.

The Nile River is also a vital waterway for transport, especially at times when motor transport is not feasible—e.g., during the flood season. Improvements in air, rail, and highway facilities beginning in the 20th century, however, greatly reduced dependency on the waterway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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