The Expedition is attempting the first complete ascent of the world’s longest river, the Nile.
Following in the spirit of the great explorers of Africa – Burton, Speke, Livingstone and Stanley, the team are tracking and exploring the entire course of this famous River. This has never been attempted or achieved in one single expedition.
The Nile is some 4132 miles (6611km) long. It receives its name from the Greek “Neilos” meaning a valley or river.
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Travelling from the Nile Delta at the Mediterranean Sea the team is making its way to Lake Victoria from which only the Nile flows, and then on to its source.
Even today it is not clear in which country the source of the Nile actually lies. It is now accepted that the Nile has two main drainage systems:
• to the Northwest the western rift valley and the Ruwenzoris
• to the South and East a huge area encompassing much of Burundi, Rwanda, northern Tanzania, western Kenya and Uganda. All these rivers drain in to Lake Victoria and only the Victoria Nile flows out of it.
It is also accepted that the Kagera is the largest feeder river to Lake Victoria. This river flows through both Rwanda and Burundi.
This expedition will seek to follow that River to its longest source, believed to be in Rwanda.