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The River Nile
tthe longest river in the world

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Click here for a larger imageWhere is the River Nile?

The River Nile is in Africa. It originates in Burundi, south of the equator, and flows northward through northeastern Africa, eventually flowing through Egypt and finally draining into the Mediterranean Sea.


Countries it flows through
Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Burundi
6,695 kilometres (4,160 miles)
Number of tributaries
Burundi, central Africa
Egypt into the Mediterranean Sea

Where is the source of the Nile?

The Ruvyironza River of Burundi is regarded as the true and ultimate source of the Nile. The Ruvyironza is one of the upper branches of the Kagera River, which follows the Rwanda-Tanzania and Uganda-Tanzania borders into Lake Victoria.

The source of the Nile is sometimes considered to be Lake Victoria, but the lake itself has feeder rivers of considerable size like the Kagera River.

Click to enlargeInteresting Facts about the Nile river:

  • The Nile River is the longest river in the world.
  • The Nile flows into the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The Nile has a length of about 6,695 kilometers (4,160 miles)
  • Its average discharge is 3.1 million litres (680,000 gallons) per second.
  • The Nile basin is huge and includes parts of Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo (Kinshasa), Kenya.
  • The Nile receives its name from the Greek Neilos, which means a valley or river valley.

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