Stops Along The Nile River

Destinations to visit along the beautiful Nile River

Visit Cairo, Egypt

Along the Nile, you can take a trip to see the capitol of Egypt. Cairo! This city is very populated with more than 11 million people. 600 miles away from the famous Aswan Dam, and the Nile River flows through this city! There is amazing things to see there like the Cairo Tower, the Mosque of Mahammad Ali, and the Pyramid of Djoser as well as many other things.

Aswan Dam

The Aswan Dam is a huge generator of hydroelectric energy. The dam also supplies water for irrigation, and controls flooding. The Aswan Dam was constructed between 1960 and 1970, and located in Aswan, Egypt- just across the Nile River. You will see the Nile River when you come to see the dam. But, this dam causes the amount of nutrients in the Nile River to decrease, and therefore decreasing the supply of fish. This dam does use turbines, but does not pollute the water.

Lake Tana

Lake Tana is the official source of the Blue Nile River which is very fast, and very powerful. This discovery was credited by James Bruce in the 1700s. Lake Tana is fed by rainfall and runoff in the East African Highlands by the forest filled lands of Ethiopia. The Blue Nile runs from Lake Tana to the canyons below. The waters are very wavy and rocky. Along the way, the Blue Nile picks up a lot of silt and dirt.

White Nile River

The White Nile River is one of the branches (along with the Blue Nile River) to connect to the Nile River. The source of the White Nile is Lake Victoria which is a large, shallow lake in Uganda. The discovery of the White Nile was in 1862 by John Hanning Speke- an English explorer. How did it get its name? The name "White Nile" comes from the color of the water. The color is like a muddy greyish color.