SOURCE OF THE NILE

Many Europeans and people across the world always wanted to discover the source of the great river Nile. John Speke with the help of his partner Grant passed through Tanzania and reached Uganda in Jinja where he discovered the  source of the Nile. Speke went back to England to report his Discovery and he was doughted by his revival Burton. Burton came to prove the discovery and he reached Lake Tanganyika which he called the source of the Nile, The debate went on and Speke passed on some years later. It has stayed on ever since that the source of the Nile is Lake Victoria in Jinja in Uganda. In 2006 a Germany tourist came out and said that the source of the Nile was in Rwanda near Lake Kagera but there was no Evidence to prove his discovery.  Edged today by the city of Jinja, the waterfall described by Speke now lies submerged underneath 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.

The Nile begins in JinjaUganda, on the north shore of the lake, flowing northward over Ripon Falls, which was submerged after the completion of the Owen Falls Dam in 1954. The northward stretch of the river, known as the Victoria Nile, enters the shallow Lake Kyoga and, passing through in a small gorge which makes make the famous Murchison Falls.  The Nile continues to stretch its journey to the north through Sudan, Egypt and pouring its water in the Mediterranean Sea.

Jinja Nile Bridge

Source of the Nile