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From the Nile’s mysterious sources to its delta on the Mediterranean coast, this majestic river has a length of 6,650 kilometres – and its natural wonders are just waiting to be discovered.
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A Terra Mater Factual Studios/Cosmos Factory production in co-production with National Geographic Channel in association with France Télévisions and WDR
Episode InformationFrom the Nile’s mysterious sources to its delta on the Mediterranean coast, this majestic river has a length of 6,650 kilometres – and its natural wonders are just waiting to be discovered. The river’s source can be pinned down to the area of the Ruwenzori Mountains in Uganda, a wonderland boasting 10m-high trees and rare, magical birds such as the Scarlet-tufted Sunbird or the shimmering Ruwenzori Turaco. The river passes Lake Victoria and Murchison Falls National Park, where the stars of Africa’s animal world – giraffes, elephants and lions – wait to make their appearance. After passing through the Sudd’s wetlands, the Nile slowly but steadily makes its way to its delta in the Mediterranean, through endless deserts and past Egypt’s famous pyramids. More than 80 million people live in the delta region, many of whom depend on the regular flooding of the world’s longest river for their livelihood. The fauna and flora in the Nile’s catchment area are as diverse and full of contrasts as the landscapes and nations along its course. This three-part series explores the many different faces of the world’s ultimate river.