Finding the Source of the Nile
"One of the Greatest Mysteries of All Time."
The John Speke and Burton Expedition
Map of Lake Victoria
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How has Google Earth Helped Us Today by Finding the Source of the Nile?
This group of explorers called themselves the Ascend the Nile team. They started off in the Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda. The Ascend the Nile team took the quest to be the first people ever to travel the length of the Nile to its longest source. They had to fight back crocodiles, hippos, and armies of mosquitos, which sounds complicated. They had to fight off other wild life as well and had to end up taking unexpected routes with difficulty. These adventurers ran into an unexpected ambush. While the expedition members barely escaped into the bush, the driver, Steve Willis--a former British Diplomat living in Uganda who had come to help the team--was shot to death. The other explorers state that their family and friends helped encourage them to continue on with their journey. After 80 days of traveling along the Nile, they found what they thought was the longest source of the Nile, deep in the Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda.