The Nile River is a famous river that is located in Northeastern Africa. It is mentioned extensively in research and literature related to Egypt and the Egyptian empire. It is 6,650 km (4,130 miles) long and runs through a total of ten countries. It is approximately 8 km (5 miles) wide. The northern section of the Nile runs almost entirely through the desert and many of the towns and cities of countries such as Egypt and Sudan are located along it.
Where does the River Nile start and end?
Even through the source of the Nile River has long been thought to be Lake Victoria; the Nile River originates from two separate tributes. The White Nile is said to originate from Lake No in the Great lakes region of Central Africa. It runs from Lake No through Tanzania, Lake Victoria, Uganda and Southern Sudan before joining with the Blue Nile to form the mighty Nile River. The White Nile is 3,700 km (2,299 mi) in length.
The Blue Nile is the major contributor of both water and fertile soil into the Nile. It originates at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The upper reaches of this river in Ethiopia is called the Abbay and is considered to be a holy river, due to the fact that it is thought to be the famous River Gihon mentioned in the Bible. The Blue Nile is 1,450 km (900 mi) in length and runs from Lake Tana in Ethiopia flowing south and then west. It then flows northwest into Sudan joining the White Nile just above the capital city of Khartoum in Sudan. The Nile River then flows north through Sudan and into Egypt. This mighty river ends in Northern Egypt where it forms a large delta and it eventually it empties into the southeastern Mediterranean Sea.