Clocking in at more than 4,100 miles long, the legendary Nile is the longest river in the world. It’s revered for its northward flow, making it one of the most alluring attractions for travelers to Egypt. And when you combine these one-of-a-kind characteristics with breathtaking beauty and a storied past, the river provides an experience unlike any other in the world.
A Natural Marvel
The Nile River has been named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa for the plethora of astonishing geographical elements it features as it winds its way through 11 countries including Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, and of course, Egypt. The river is fed by the White Nile in Uganda and the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. Those who sail along it can admire the lushness of its banks, numerous vibrant birds gliding about, and tranquil lighting of each day’s sunset and sunrise. Plus, the steep rocky cliffs, tall palm trees, and vast desert running alongside both sides of the river make for great photo opportunities.
Understanding the Flow
One interesting fact about the Nile that always fascinates visitors is the northward flow of the river. Because of high-elevation lakes in the African Rift Valley, the water heads north and then flows into a large delta before rushing out into the Mediterranean Sea. Names of the former settlements were actually inverted due to its flow—Upper Egypt being located south and Lower Egypt in the north. It’s a misconception that rivers only flow south, and in ancient times that thinking defined how these settlers established their land along the Nile.
The Key to Survival
Speaking of Upper and Lower Egypt, this brings us to the river’s historical aspects. There is so little rainfall in this valley that the early settlements of Egypt would not have survived if it weren’t for the river’s water and resources. Simply put, the country itself would cease to exist without it.
Stop and imagine the arid landscape of this ancient world. How does one even begin farming here? The early people of Egypt relied on summer rainfall to swell the river to a flood state, overflowing its banks and leaving behind nutrient-rich soil on which to farm. Additionally, they used the river for transportation, trade, and catching fish and other animals for food. It’s more than just a natural wonder to Egyptians—it’s key
to life itself.
Splendors of Egypt
So, how can you explore the mighty Nile for yourself? Egypt is a highly sought out destination and the smarTours Splendors of Egypt tour provides a distinctive experience with a 3-night Nile River cruise included. We’ve taken the guesswork out of how to see this incredible river and the country’s best sights. Along with the cruise, you’ll visit the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Temples of Karnak and Luxor, Sphinx of Giza, and so much more. You can even head to Alexandria with an optional extension available in 2020! Make the most of your trip to Egypt and let us sail you up the Nile while immersing yourself in the country’s spellbinding history and culture.