The world’s second longest river, the Nile stretches a colossal 6,650km (4,132mi) and passes through nine whole countries. Its origin, while contested, is generally accepted to be in Lake Victoria, which borders the African countries of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Starting at the northern edge of the lake, water pours over a waterfall known as the Ripon Falls and into a narrow opening. It is here that the White Nile begins, one of the Nile’s two main tributaries, later meeting with the Blue Nile, which originates in Lake Tana, Ethiopia.
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