Tourist information on the Nile river, which are its tributaries and which states are crossed, with historical notes and cruises to discover ancient civilizations.
Tributaries of the River Nile
Among the longest rivers in the world, with its 6650 kilometers, the Nile, whose name deriving from the Greek means "river valley", has two large tributaries, the White Nile and the Blue Nile, of which the first is the most long, while the second brings a greater volume of water and the famous silt which fertilizes the land located along the banks.
The White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which originates in Lake Tana in Ethiopia, both flow north and come together near Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, giving rise to the Nile which then flows into the Mediterranean Sea.
Countries crossed by the Nile
The African countries interested in crossing the Nile are Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Egypt.
In addition to the White Nile and the Blue Nile, another important tributary is the Atbara river, which, starting from Ethiopia north of Lake Tana, despite having a total length of eight hundred kilometers km, manages to flow along its entire stretch only during the rainy season and flows into the Nile in an area located about 300 km north of Khartoum.
History of the Nile
The Nile has always played an important role in the formation of Egyptian civilization.
In fact, throughout Egypt's history it has always represented an inexhaustible source of supply for the populations residing along its shores, thanks to the layer of silt deposited on the ground after the periodic annual floods, which made the soil particularly fertile and suitable for the cultivation of wheat and other types of agricultural products, very useful for obtaining the right food to meet all the food needs of the inhabitants.
In addition to this, mention should be made of the introduction, made in the seventh century before Christ by the Persians, of the Buffaloes, suitable for breeding in humid environments together with the Camels.
Both buffaloes and camels were used, as well as to obtain meat to eat, also as pack animals and to plow the land.
Cruises aboard characteristic boats are organized along the Nile, including the Dahabeya, the Arabic name which means golden boat in Italian.
It is a type of painted ship, used since the time of the pharaohs.Recommended readings
- History Egypt in brief
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- Cairo: what to see in the capital of Egypt
- Marsa Matrouh: what to see
- Famous Egyptian pharaohs: which are the most important
The navigation service is provided using excellent reproductions of this boat, reinterpreted in a modern key with the addition of every type of luxury.
A cruise on the Nile is an interesting way to take a dip in the past, making a journey through the glories of ancient Egypt, with stops in the most significant historical places.