Where Does the Nile River Begin?

Since ancient times, people have wondered about the source of the Nile River, the lifeline of Egypt.

But it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that explorers at last discovered where this great river began, at a great lake in Central Africa.

This lake is called Lake Victoria. Actually, the true “source” of the Nile can be found at the beginning of the rivers and streams that flow into Lake Victoria. But Lake Victoria’s only outlet is the White Nile, the longest of the three great branches that join to form the Nile River.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa. It has an area of almost 27,000 square miles and is the second largest freshwater lake on earth, after Lake Superior. Three nations, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya border on its 2,000-mile coastline.