The Nile River

Contributor: Stefani Allegretti. Lesson ID: 13418

The Nile River, often called the River of Life, is one of a kind. Discover its epic history and unique attributes before taking a virtual journey along its vast expanse!


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Middle School (6-8)
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  • Did you know the Nile River is the longest in the world, flowing through multiple countries?

the Great Pyramids and the Nile in Egypt

It's true! Learn about this amazing geographical wonder.

The Nile River flows over 4,000 miles through Egypt and ten other countries! That is one long river!

In addition to Egypt, the Nile flows through Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and the Congo.

In these typically hot and dry regions, the Nile provides an essential supply of water used for drinking, growing food, transportation, and more. In other words, the Nile River helps to sustain life in the regions through which it flows.

Nile River

In Egypt, the Nile runs somewhat parallel to the Red Sea, meanders around the city of Cairo and then the Great Pyramids of Giza, and finally spreads out and empties into the Mediterranean Sea. This area is called the Nile Delta.

map of the Nile through Egypt

The Nile River does not begin in Egypt, however.

It is formed by two tributaries, the Blue Nile and the White Nile, which begin in Ethiopia and Tanzania. Tributaries are defined as smaller rivers or streams that flow into a larger river or lake.

Learn more about this amazing river as you watch the video below.

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The Nile River is not only interesting because of its geography, but because of its epic history as well.

In ancient Egypt, the Nile River was regarded as more than just a life-sustaining river. Pharaohs and the ancient Egyptian people worshiped it. It is also mentioned numerous times in the Bible, Torah, and Qur'an.

History tells us that the Nile River was, and still is, important. Without it, sustaining life in that region would be very difficult.

Watch the video below on its importance.

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The Nile River is also home to many exotic animals and creatures, including the infamous Nile crocodile.

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Explore What Animals Live In The Nile River? to learn more.

Wow! You learned a lot about the Nile.

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