Interesting Facts about the River Nile, Lake Victoria
Interesting Facts about the River Nile.
The River Nile carries with it strong associations with the country of Egypt. However the river is believed to rise in the east central parts of Africa close to Lake Victoria (see later) from where it flows through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea via the Nile delta.
It is the longest known river meandering for almost 4,200 miles, and is referred to by the Egyptians as âThe River of Lifeâ. For a few more interesting facts about the River Nile read on.
1. The river and its regular flooding and re-flooding is undoubtedly the source of life to Egypt. The rich sediments deposited played a major role in the culture of the ancient Egyptians, their civilization, their Pharaohs, and the many magnificent structures which have withstood the rigors of thousand of years and can still be seen today.
2. The main river consists of two tributary rivers, the Blue Nile and the White Nile, and although the highest volume of water is attributed to the Blue Nile, both tributaries play their roles in fertilizing the adjacent land used for crop growing.
3. The White Nile is so named because of the deposits of salt contained in its waters, and while this tributary is said to have originated in Lake Victoria, and the Blue Nile to have risen in Lake Tana, the debate continues today as to the true origin of this mighty river.
4. The Nile was certainly used as a method of transport by the ancient Egyptians. The massive stone blocks used to build the great Pyramids located outside the now capital city of Cairo were ferried from their source to the site of construction.
5. The Nile shows many benefits, but it is also the home habitat of many deadly crocodiles, and it is not unknown for these creatures to snatch unwary wanderers from the banks of the Nile for a tasty meal.