Ten Fun Facts About The Nile
Here are ten fun facts about the Nile:
- The Nile is 4,160 miles or 6,695 km long
- It takes three months for water to flow the entire length, from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea
- The Nile originally was thought to flow through eight countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania), but the creation of South Sudan, and the discovery of feeder rivers into Lake Victoria which originate in Rwanda and Burundi, means there are now eleven countries it flows through.
- The name ‘Nile’ comes from the Greek word Neilos, which means valley
- The Nile is made up of the White Nile, which flows from Lake Victoria, and the Blue Nile, which flows from Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers merge in Khartoum, in the Sudan
- The source of the Blue Nile was discovered almost one hundred years before the source of the White Nile
- The local name for the Nile is Uganda is Kiyira, which comes from a local Luganda word ‘okuyiira’ which means thunderous sound, thanks to the noise the falls at the source used to make
- All of the Egyptian pyramids are built on the West bank of the Nile, because the sun sets to the west, so it was considered the place of death
- On the 15th August each year, Egyptians have a public holiday Wafaa Al-Nil, meaning ‘fidelity of the Nile’, to celebrate the annual flooding of the Nile. The flooding leaves the surrounding land fertile.
- The Nile crocodile have a not undeserved reputation as man eaters. They kill 200-300 people per year, and an estimated 63% of attack are fatal.