[well]Nile River Quick Facts:
- Longest river in the world stretching 4,132 miles (6,650 km)
- Traverses across 10 countries
- Mouth of the river is in Egypt
- Two Sources with one in Uganda and the other in Ethiopia
7 Natural Wonders of Africa: Nile River
The Nile River was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa February 11, 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. Votes were cast by experts from around the world who noted the key statistical significance. The Nile River is the longest river in the world stretching 4,132 miles (6,650 km) while crossing 10 countries in northern Africa.
The Nile River is located in northern Africa spanning across 10 countries that include Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and ending in Egypt as it feeds into the Mediterranean Sea.
The Nile River is the longest river in the world beating out the Amazon by 155 Feet. The Nile is considered to have two sources of which one originates in Uganda and the other in Ethiopia. Upon receiving the official recognition as a natural wonder, Uganda Minister of Tourism declared the source as a protected area. Uganda is also home to Murchison Falls which is an incredible waterfall on the Nile. The tremendous Nile River forces its way between narrow canyon walls to create the thunderous Murchison Falls.
Much of the Nile River meanders through the Sahara Desert as it makes its way north towards the Mediterranean. The Nile starts with two sources in the south and finishes with two branches as it splits as it completes the journey in Egypt. The west branch is known as Rosetta whereas the east is called Damietta. This area is known as the Nile Delta.
Where is the Nile River
The Nile River is located in northern Africa. The river originates in Uganda and Ethiopia as two different sources and then it meanders through nine countries where it ends in the Mediterranean Sea. The mouth of the river at the Mediterranean Sea is located in Egypt. The mouth of the river is often the first place people think of when they envision the Nile River.
Best way to see and experience the Nile River
The best way to experience the Nile River depends on your interest. One of the most popular ways is to take a river cruise. There are more adventurous ways to engage the Nile such as river rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. Uganda features activities near the source that include bungee jumping out over the water.
Nile River Wildlife
Most people think of crocodiles when it comes to the Nile River, and they are there. The Nile crocodile is one of the largest crocodiles in Africa reaching around 20 feet. When travelers look to see the Big 7, the Nile crocodile is usually the ideal sighting. The river is certainly home to fish, but more importantly it is home to another one of the Big 7 , the hippopotamus.
Elephants, buffalo, wildebeest, gazelle and other wildlife will use the Nile as a source of water. When some of these animals make their way to the river’s edge, they can easily become victim to the crocodile. Murchison Falls National Park is home to 76 mammal species and around 450 species of birds.
Endangered Species of Africa
There are 100s of critically endangered species on every continent around the world. The wildlife, fauna and flora are much of what makes the various wonders of nature special. The endangered species of Africa are one of Seven Natural Wonder’s greatest concerns. Take a moment and glance at some of the critically endangered wildlife.