How Many Countries Does The Nile River Flow Through?

The Nile River near Cairo.

The Nile River is regularly referenced as the longest river on the planet, however a few people think that the Amazon River deserves this title. All things considered, it is the longest stream in the mainland of Africa, going through nine nations and covering a separation of 6,650 kilometers long. The Nile River rises up out of the eastern Africa region with sources from the Ethiopian highlands. Its basin covers eleven nations which include: Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt and South Sudan. The Nile is a fundamental wellspring of water for Sudan and Egypt since it is the primary river streaming in those nations.

Tributaries Of The Nile

The Nile gets its water from two noteworthy tributaries called the White Nile and the Blue Nile. The former is the essential stream of the river and the headwaters of the stream itself. On the other hand, the latter is the essential wellspring of the stream's water and residue. The two tributaries rise up out of various areas and focalize at Khartoum in Sudan.

The Blue Nile starts in the mountain region of Ethiopia and Lake Tana where it sources a large portion of its water. The White tributary is, however, the longest of all the tributaries and rises up out of the Great Lakes district in East and Central Africa. The most inaccessible wellspring of the White Nile is River Kagera in Burundi. Kagera is also the primary river streaming into Lake Victoria together with its tributary, the Ruvubu. While estimating the genuine length of the Nile River as the longest stream on the planet, it is from the headwaters of River Kagera that estimation starts. The river at that point streams north going through Tanzania, Uganda, Lake Victoria and South Sudan where it joins the Blue Nile in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.

Importance Of The River Nile

After converging into a single stream in Khartoum, the Nile River courses through the desert of Sudan in the northern segment and enters Egypt. Here, the river streams straight into the Mediterranean Sea before fanning into two (the Rosetta branch and Damietta branch) and entering the large Delta into the ocean. The average discharge of the stream is roughly 300 million cubic meters every day.

The ancient civilizations depended wholly on the Nile for cultivation and transportation. The river basin was pivotal to the development of civilization in the region. People settled along the banks in order to cultivate crops and eventually agriculture became advanced through the invention of the first plow. Increased food production provided ample time for development in other areas such as arts which further increased creativity and fostered civilization.

Today, the Nile is the biggest habitat for the largest African crocodiles and various other animals which thrive in this ecosystem such as hippos, turtles, wildebeests, baboons, frogs and hundreds of bird species. The river is also a major transport route for people and goods. Hydroelectric power projects and dams have been developed along the river’s stream. This provides electric power for homes and industries in the region.


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