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Stops along the Nile River
Transcript of Stops along the Nile River
Looking for a place to go for a vacation? We've got the perfect solution, take our relaxing boat tour along the Nile river with sites that you won't see anywhere else. The tour first starts at Lake Victoria, then travels through Sudd, Lake Tana, Khartoum, the Eastern Sahara, The Aswan dam, Cario, and finally the Nile delta.
Our first stop is...Lake Victoria!
Lake Victoria has a very high altitude and is located in a very mountainous area. The lake gets most of its water from snow that melts off of the mountains, then leads into Lake Victoria. This lake is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the world but the largest lake in Africa which is why it is mostly used for fishing. Lake Victoria is so massive that it is located in three countries: Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Unlike Lake Victoria, Sudd is a giant marshland with many grasses that cover the marsh, making it very difficult for any boats to navigate through it. There are over 400 species of birds along with other species such as crocodiles, hippopotami, and antelope. Most of the grassland is made of Papyrus, water grasses, and hyacinth. This swamp is 11,000 square miles but can grow up to 4 times its size in flooding season (summer).
The next stop on this tour is Lake Tana which is located in Ethiopia. There are more than 30 islands which makes this specific lake a perfect spot for tourists. Even though there are many ancient Orthodox churches in this area, Lake Tana is also used for farming, fishing, and transportation. This is where the Blue Nile flows out as a major river.
Khartoum is where the blue and white Nile meet. Here, the Nile becomes much bigger even though at first the rivers do not mix but instead flow beside each other and after a while, make one big Nile river.
After Khartoum, the Nile continues on for many miles before it makes a turn also known as the Great Bend. During this time, the Nile passes over 6 cataracts and many Rapids, making it very difficult for boater and traders to travel on. Most people use this area to fish but many people are considering turning it into a source of hydroelectric power. It rarely rains in this part of the Nile river but when it does, it floods very easily.
The Aswan Dam
This dam holds back Lake Nasser, the largest man made lake in the world. Although the Aswan dam helps to prevent flooding, it can also carry silt and other pollution and debris where it would have otherwise stopped. Another issue is that it holds back anywhere from 15,000 to 25,000 fish a year which makes it difficult for people to fish on the other side of the dam.
This city gets most of its water from the Nile where it is mostly used for its people, and to get rid of sewage and industrial waste.
The Nile Delta
After Cario, the Nile continues on for 100 miles then flows here where the Nile flows into an area that is 155 miles across. The Nile Delta contains the richest soil in the world so many crops and food are grown here.
We've got the perfect solution, take our relaxing helicopter tour along the Nile river with sites that you won't see anywhere else. The tour first starts at Lake Victoria, then travels through Sudd, Lake Tana, Khartoum, the Eastern Sahara, The Aswan dam, Cario, and finally the Nile delta. Because some areas of the Nile are difficult to navigate through, the entire tour will be done in a private helicopter to get every last view. Lets take a look at the places you will be traveling over...
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The Nile River was a very important sorce of water and rich soil in ancient times and continues to be an influence on people living nearby. The most populated cities in the eastern part of Africa are located very close to the Nile river.
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