Travel to Victoria Nile – From Source to Sudan
The mighty River Nile starts its great journey from Lake Victoria in Uganda and travels all the way to the north African Mediterranean coast in Egypt. The longest river in the world, it flows through Egypt and Sudan and also has sources in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Burundi. Magnificent Murchison Falls are a must-see for every traveller, located in northern Uganda in Murchison Falls National Park.
The Source of the Nile, alluded to hazily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy, stood as one of the great geographical mysteries of the Victorian Age. The desire to uncover this geographic Holy Grail inspired the epic journeys of exploration undertaken by Livingstone, Stanley, Burton and Speke. And it was the latter, John Hanning Speke, on a pioneering 1862-3 expedition around Lake Victoria, who first controversially suggested that a small waterfall flowing northward out of the lake might be the legendary spring – a theory whose accuracy was confirmed more than ten years later by Stanley.
The Victoria Nile’s crowning glory is one of Africa’s great waterfalls and natural wonders – the Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river funnels through a narrow fissure in the Rift Escarpment to erupt out of the other side in a crashing 43 metres plume of white water. The river below the falls is no less spectacular in its own way, with its profuse birdlife, thousands of hippos, and outsized, gape-mouthed crocodiles.
A visit to Jinja at the source of the Nile remains a moving and wondrous experience, no less so to those who have seen the same river as it flows past the ancient Egyptian temples of Luxor some 6,000 km downstream.
Jinja and nearby Bujagali Falls are the adrenaline hotspots of Uganda – a great base for those seeking active adventures with whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and quad biking available. Village walks are also possible locally.
At Paraa in Murchison Falls, boat safaris operate almost up to the base of the falls – a thrilling sight with abundant riverside wildlife on show. Walks accompanied by an armed ranger can also be undertaken from the base of the falls to the top.
“With a sundowner in hand head for the rock ledge on the south bank of the Nile directly above Murchison Falls for sunset over the Victoria Nile – a wonderful sight and great way to really experience the sheer ferocity and tranquility of the Nile at the same time….” Nick Anstead
Jinja lies some 80 km from Kampala at the head of the Napolean Gulf, at the northern end of Lake Victoria. It lies on the east bank of the Victoria Nile and is easily reached by tarred road from Kampala. Murchison Falls National Park lies some 300 km north west of Kampala (a 6 hour drive).
- Get your adrenaline pumping on one of Africa’s greatest whitewater rafting trips at Bujagali Falls
- At Jinja step back in time to discover the Source of the Nile for yourself
- View the mighty Murchison Falls on a boat safari to the base of the falls