What to Visit Along the Nile River

Interesting places along the Nile

The Aswan High Dam

The Aswan High Dam is a dam that is located in Aswan, Egypt. It stretches across the Nile River like a giant bridge. At this point, the Nile flows into Lake Nasser, which is one of the world's largest reservoirs. The dam is used to control the flow of that part of the Nile, because it was know to flood and ruin farmers' crops and other important things near the river. Farmers live close to the river because they depend on the Nile River for water and fresh, moist soil.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the source of the White Nile, a river that flows out of Lake Victoria and goes to Jinga, Uganda. The White Nile has many rapids and attracts tourists because of how difficult they are. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa by area and the largest tropical lake in the world. It is also the second largest freshwater lake by area in the world. The lake receives most (80%) of its water from direct precipitation.

Lake Tana

Lake Tana was discovered in 1615 and was later visited in the 1700's by James Bruce. Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile and is the largest lake in Ethiopia. A geographer named 31 islands located in this lake and said that 19 of them had monasteries or churches on them! Lake Tana is good for fishing because it is home to many species of fish. Approximately 1,454 tons of fish are landed each year in this area! There are no crocodiles located in this lake, but there are African Softshell Turtles.

The Nile Delta

The Nile Delta is where the Nile River spreads out and forms a delta. The whole delta together makes up about 3% of Egypt's total land area. It also contains 60% of all of the nation's farming. Residents that live nearby (about 40 million people) depend on the Nile delta for water for their crops, and rich soil full of nutrients carried in the river. One interesting thing about the Nile in this area is that during Autumn, the river is red with lotus flowers!