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The Mighty River NILE - Uganda's Wet and Wonderful Breath of Life

The MIGHTY River Nile - I have chosen to call it that! Perhaps that is quickly to tell you how important it is to Uganda.

The Nile has generally been regarded as the longest river in the world - save for the new studies that suggest the Amazon is longer now - I will carefully circumnavigate that controversy for now as I do my own independent research - I will let you know my findings.

Its Name - the NILE, is derived from Greek meaning 'valley' but the Arabs claim it as well - let alone the Ugandans that have stared at it for years - it take on a different local name here; 'Omugga kiira'. The English simply added to it - 'White Nile' and 'Blue Nile' as it takes on different names further north into Sudan and Egypt. Careful, you could quite easily get lost into this etymology.

yellow boat close to rocks on nile river bank with palm tree At the Source of the Nile - Photo by; Neiljs

Its source is another piece that has sparked more controversy in recent times with unconfirmed research suggesting that the 'true' Source of the Nile is some discreet stream that flows out of Rwanda - taking the crown away from Uganda.

... But before a hefty bit of 6,853 km or 4,258 miles of the Nile gets lost into South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, it does justice for me to concentrate on the bit that exudes life into Uganda.

Let's keep its source in Uganda for now as it flows out of Lake Victoria near the town of Jinja ... and I will tell you more about its source here - The River Nile takes on different shapes and sizes as it flows through Uganda showcasing perhaps the most beautiful scenes of calmness and rapid waterfalls.

men thrown out of white water rafting boat on the nile in rapid falls and tide White Water Rafting on the Nile - Photo by; YOTUT

From Lake Victoria, just a few miles down the river, the Nile flows over the Nalubale and Kiira dams at the Owen falls and over the Bujagali dam further downstream before embarking on some 480 km northwest. Bujagali is quite a good spot for white water rafting and bungee jumping.

The Nile then flows through Lake Kyoga, cutting through Masindi port, flowing further north before it burst into a magnificent waterfalls at Karuma - The Karuma power dam has been built here.

It flows further northwest through Murchison falls National Park reaching perhaps its highest speed. At the Murchison falls the Nile superbly plunges into a series of rocks through a narrow gorge at high speed falling from about 45 m before converting into an easy-flowing river whose banks are thronged with a brilliant collection of wildlife - crocs, hippos, waterbucks, buffaloes ... beautiful scenery and the vegetation is magnificent as well.

boat with fishermen on the nile close to rocky bank with birds Fishermen on the nile - Photo by; Neiljs

Further on, the Nile has a brief encounter with Lake Albert ... but shortly before that, up until this point, it is referred to as the 'Victoria Nile'. Out of Lake Albert, its name changes to the 'Albert Nile' flowing further north through northern western Uganda en route to South Sudan.

It then takes on the 'White Nile' tag meandering through South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt splitting into 2 (the White and Blue Nile) along the way before merging to find its way to the Mediterranean Sea.

water falls plunges through a narrow gorge with forest Murchison falls - Photo by; Mark Jordahl

For all the years gone by, the Nile has had significant influence on our history, culture and civilisation. Strategically placed along its path, Uganda has fed off the Nile - watering the country but also influencing peoples' life styles particularly through its potential for electricity generation. Could there be a better way to bid farewell to the 'mighty', magnificent and wonderful River Nile - for all its wildness and beauty through the landscapes and terrain, I can only say; thank you to her for being part of Uganda.

How I wish I had able colleagues further north in Sudan and beyond to make you live the Nile all the way ... I can only be sure, you will enjoy every bit it shares with this country. 

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