Sources of the Nile

Much of the nineteenth century was dominated by the search for the Source of the River Nile.

Many of the great explorers of the age – Baker, Burton, Grant, Livingstone, Stanley, Speke – traversed the continent to understand the connection between the different rivers and lakes in Africa’s central highlands.

In 1862, Speke deduced that the river on the north shore of Lake Victoria was the White Nile on its way to Egypt.

In reality the Source includes a number of lakes and rivers in Uganda and Rwanda as well as the Virungas and Rwenzoris.