Source of the nile

The source of Nile, a north-flowing river in Uganda and other countries in Africa is among the world’s longest waterways, famed for its ancient history and the archaeological sites along its shores.

Bordered by the city of Jinja, the white waterfall described by Speke now lies submerged beneath the Owen Falls Dam, Uganda's main source of hydro-electric power. Still, a visit to the source of the Nile remains a moving and wondrous experience, no less so to those who have seen the same river as it flows past the ancient Egyptian temples of Luxor some 6,000 km downstream.

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 source of the Nile, alluded to hazily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy, stood as one of the great geographical mysteries of the Victorian Age. Closer to home, the Nile downriver from Jinja offers some superb white water rafting and game fishing.